Gravure & Its Role In Printed Electronics

Conventional printing processes, such as gravure, may be able to revolutionize the way electronics are manufactured. The trend in the electronics industry is towards smaller products, lower prices, and more reliable products (Pudas, 2004). Traditional semiconductor electronics require a circuit board in order to function. To date, most circuit boards have chips, transistors, and other components that are soldered to a sheet of fiberglass. (How Stuff Works, n.d.). The ultimate goal is to increase electronic manufacturing speeds, reduce the number of manufacturing steps, and create products that are considerably smaller than those on the market today for a fraction of their current cost (M2, 2004). Gravure printing may benefit from the electronic industry’s demands. The hope is that conventional and existing high-speed printing processes can use conductive ink to print on various substrates to replace traditional circuit boards, wires, and batteries (Svensson, 2003).