June 10, 2013

PRINTING GETS RE-WIRED WITH NEW INNOVATIONS AT PARC


Image from PARC and Thinfilm Electronics

Printing, no longer limited to simply paper, may have a new role in electronics manufacturing. The technology, still in its early stages, continues development at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Researchers at PARC–a division of Xerox–make further gains toward the possibility of printing electronic components such as light-emitters, smart tags, flexible batteries, memory and more, according to an article by CNET.

The technology would utilize specialized inks to generate electronics from scratch. The inks would incorporate functional technologies like light-emission or chips which would then be printed wherever needed. Additionally, roll-to-roll printers–once used to churn out large amounts of lengthy papers for daily newspapers–would likely be utilized for the electronic printing, turning out transistors and the like instead of Sunday papers.

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