Applications

Digital fabrication routes such as inkjet printing are becoming increasing attractive for a wide range of applications.  Controlled and precise placement of precious materials has a significant impact on a wide range of areas from electronics and communication to medicine

The Digital Fabrication Centre hosts a wide range of active application focused research and development projects involving collaborators from across world including:

  • Printing of passive and functional elements for flexible electronics.
  • Identifying the influence of drop/substrate interactions on image quality and resolution.
  • Bio-printing.
  • Functional textile printing.
  • 3D rapid prototyping.
  • Direct write of passive components on engineering structures.

Below are some of the areas in which printing has had a significant impact.  

Clicking on the boxes will take you to more detailed information about the ways in which printing has been useful in the given fields.

Printed electronics
Printed electronics
A printed biosensor. Graphene layer printed onto a carbon black electrode. A second layer of glucose oxidase was then overprinted on top of the graphene.
Medical and biological
Medicine and biology
Printed HT1080 fibroblast cells stained with phalloidin and DAPI
Paper
Paper
Silver arrays for Frequency Selective Surface Applications
Security
Security
Inkjet printed RFID antenna on paper using a metal nanoparticle ink.
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