Paste development for 3D printing technologies – Presented by Kathrin Reinhardt, IKTS

Paste development for 3D printing technologies – Presented by Kathrin Reinhardt, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, which takes place on Jan 24, 2017 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

For electrical functionalization of 3D surfaces, thick film pastes and inks are printed, by using for example promising printing technologies like micro-dispensing and aerosol jet printing. However, currently the quality of commercially available pastes is insufficient and not ideally suited to the different requirements of those printing technologies. The challenge is to control the rheology by variation of suspension composition, which can be a large benefit for printing resolution, for example in case of high definition printing, with large aspect ratios. This allows a better printing quality of the pastes and so a higher reliability for 3D printed electronics.

About Kathrin Reinhardt
Kathrin Reinhardt received her diploma in Chemical Engineering from University of Applied Sciences Dresden in 2006. Since this time she works in the division of thick film technology and photovoltaics at the IKTS Dresden. There she started her Ph.D. in 2010, which involve the topic: “Relationships of rheological properties and the deposition behavior of polydisperse suspensions”.

About Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
The Fraunhofer IKTS conducts applied research on high-performance ceramics and represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics. As a research and technology service provider, the IKTS develops modern ceramic high-performance materials, customized industrial manufacturing processes and creates prototype components and systems in complete production lines from laboratory scale to pilot plant scale.