What if designers had complete freedom to use any material or substrate in their devices? Much progress has been made in nanotechnology, yet the integration of nanoscale materials and processes into products has been considerably slow. Current nanoscale electronics manufacturing is highly expensive, resource-consuming, and largely confined to silicon-based materials.
The Nanoscale Offset Printing System for Electronics, Sensors, Energy and Material Applications developed by the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing offers an alternative, using ink that is made of nanoparticles, nanotubes, polymers or other nanoelements that are attracted to the printing template using directed assembly. This new approach is able to offer printing 1,000 faster and 1,000 higher resolution than conventional methods.