Ghent University and Imec show thermoplastic electronic circuits




By cheap, combining existing techniques, researchers at Ghent University and Imec research have made thermoplastic electronic circuits. The combination of techniques expands creative possibilities, for example, LED bulbs.

gent imec led lamp philips The researchers presented to show their art by providing an example of a circular plane with meandering compounds, thereby ‘stretchable’ electronics is obtained. Through a combination of techniques that will be embedded in a thermoplastic polymer, it is then possible by means of heat the polymer to be deformed, without breaking the connections.

To print the circuits on the substrate, are standard production techniques sufficient. The final form of the polymer is obtained by pulling vacuum formation to be applied under high pressure, or even by means of injection molding. After cooling, the plastic retains its shape and by the meandering circuits, these are not under pressure.

It thus processing LEDs and electronic circuits is interesting for new possibilities with lighting. The technology is already being tested by the LED division of Philips, writes Imec on ​​his site.


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