Drying & curing printed electronic inks
After applying the product onto the substrate it needs to be dried or cured. The drying process refers to the evaporation of the solvent whereas curing refers to the crosslinking of the resin matrix. Several methods for drying and curing are possible, such as using airdrying, thermal drying or the usage of UV-light. Too fast drying can destroy the levelling of the functional pigment particles, resulting in performance losses with higher resistance values and reduced adhesion performance. Therefore these processes are very important to develop the required performance of the printed electronics inks.
Based on the selected type of ink, it’s functionality, substrate-suitability and the desired speed of production, different types of printing techniques are required for the production of printed electronics. Overall, our conductive and non-conductive inks can be applied by screen printing or flexographic or gravure printing. For the application of functional coatings we recommend techniques such as spraying, dipping, or brushing. Get to know more about the individual printing techniques and get to know our product catalogue!
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