During the last decades the industry has been looking for ways to make production more additive and flexible. The current manufacturing process of electronics is often based on a subtractive process which generates a lot of waste of resources. Additive manufacturing technologies have already made substantial improvements in production processes and are able to work on an increasingly smaller scale. The next step? Printing nanostructured patterns.
Nanostructured materials are promising materials due to their unique properties such as low melting temperatures. Wet printing methods use nanoparticles immobilized in a liquid solution to form a printable ink. However, adding chemicals to the nanostructured metals is lowering the conductivity of the final product. For products such as sensors, catalyst, microfluidics and batteries, printing dry nanostructured patterns with quantum properties opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
VSPARTICLE enables you to print new nanostructured materials that exhibit quantum properties. You can deposit nanostructured layers precisely and locally, which makes the need for pre- or post-processing for patterning. Since there are no chemicals needed in this process higher conductivities can be achieved.
Using additive manufacturing to produce and innovate electronics and related products, provides opportunities for a more sustainable society: SDG 9: "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation." and SDG 12: "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns." For example by design of nanomaterials that: replace specific metals, increases durability of electronics, enable easier separarion and recycling, increase efficiency of resources, increases connection speed.