InnovationLab achieves breakthrough in printed circuit board AM

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InnovationLab, a specialist in printed electronics “from lab to fab”, has achieved a breakthrough in additive manufacturing of printed circuit boards (PCBs) – serving to meet larger environmental requirements for electronics manufacturing whereas additionally lowering prices. Throughout the analysis challenge ‘SmartEEs2’, funded by Horizon 2020, InnovationLab and its associate, ISRA, have developed a producing course of for copper-based solderable circuits. The circuits are display printed and are suitable with typical reflow processes.

Producing printed electronics is an additive course of that doesn’t use poisonous etchants, and runs at comparatively low temperatures of round 150ºC, considerably lowering vitality consumption. Furthermore, the substrates utilized in additive PCB manufacturing are as much as 15 occasions thinner, in comparison with typical strategies, which reduces materials consumption – and produces much less waste.


InnovationLab has up to now produced a bodily prototype, which incorporates all of the necessary blocks of a wise label, utilizing copper ink to make sure excessive conductivity. Element mounting could be completed in a traditional reflow soldering course of, which allows producers to modify to the brand new expertise with out funding in new gear.

Multilayer printing, steel and dielectric, was used to provide the goal performance: a low energy temperature sensor and logger, an NFC communication interface by way of a printed antenna, and a compact battery that’s charged from a printed photo voltaic cell – making the machine utterly self-sufficient. The brand new course of can produce each normal and versatile printed circuit boards with as much as 4 layers and can be utilized in product and course of growth for hybrid electronics.

“It is a state-of-the-art manufacturing course of, which can lower prices and scale back logistical dependencies on suppliers whereas delivering three key advantages for the setting: consuming fewer supplies, utilizing much less vitality, and producing much less waste. By the top of this yr, we anticipate to have scaled this course of to excessive volumes, assembly buyer calls for of one million solderable tracks or extra,” mentioned Dr. Janusz Schinke, Head of Printed Electronics at InnovationLab.

SmartEEs2 is a European challenge, which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 analysis and innovation program. Its goal is to offer acceleration assist to modern corporations for the mixing of versatile and wearable electronics applied sciences, and thus assist European trade’s competitiveness.