Technology that will enable manufacturers to precisely deposit and adhere conductive metals onto plastic or paper substrates has been jointly developed by Xennia Technology and Carclo plc.
Based on direct printing methods the CIT (conductive inkjet technology) process will work with a range of metals including copper, silver and gold.
Xennia claims on its website that, ‘We have demonstrated the ability to inkjet print copper with the same conductivity as the bulk metal onto many types of substrates and we have achieved accurate line widths down to 50µm.’
Potential commercial applications include RFID tags and smart cards, edge connectors, windscreen heaters and batteries and fuel cells.
Commenting on the potential of the technology, Xennia’s commercial director Nick Balon says, ‘we can already see dozens of potential applications where this technology promises to offer major competitive advantage and we’re keen to work with companies that are well positioned to exploit the technology to its full potential.’