Xerox Ink and Printable Electronics

by admin on November 3, 2009

In case you missed it, Xerox announced last week that it has developed silver ink that can used to print electronic circuits.
In case you were wondering, the printed circuit board (PCB) industry was estimated to be worth $76 billion in 2007.
Not much in the way of practical details from the press releases. the implications are that the ink will be used only in inkjets, not litho or flexo or gravure, which is really to bad. So if you are a printer and you want to hack around a bit, you can't just buy a gallon of the ink, print out some circuit board on heavy stock and see what you get. Too bad.
But hey, if you have some spare time, the software for designing PCB boards is free, if you can believe that.
If I was a printer with some downtime, I would at least check it out. I mean, the PCB industry is not going to go away anytime soon, unlike some other niches (cough, newspaper/magazine) that once needed the services of a printer.

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