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3D inkjet printing of electronics using UV conversion

Saleh, Ehab; Zhang, Fan; He, Yinfeng; Vaithilingam, Jayasheelan; Fernandez, Javier Ledesma; Wildman, Ricky D.; Ashcroft, Ian; Hague, Richard J.M.; Dickens, Phill; Tuck, Christopher


Ehab Saleh

Fan Zhang

Transitional Assistant Professor

Jayasheelan Vaithilingam

Javier Ledesma Fernandez

Professor of Multiphase Flow and Mechanics

Professorof Mechanics of Solids

Richard J.M. Hague

Phill Dickens


The production of electronic circuits and devices is limited by current manufacturing methods that limit both the form and potentially the performance of these systems. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technology that has been shown to provide cross sectoral manufacturing industries with significant geometrical freedom. A research domain known as Multi-Functional Additive Manufacturing (MFAM) in its infancy looks to couple the positive attributes of AM with application in the electronics sector could have a significant impact on the development of new products, however there are significant hurdles to overcome. This paper reports on the single step MFAM of three dimensional (3D) electronic circuitry within a polymeric structure using a combination of conductive and non-conductive materials within a single material jetting based AM system. The basis of this breakthrough is a study of the optical absorption regions of a silver nanoparticle (AgNP) conductive ink which lead to a novel method to rapidly process and sinter silver nanoparticle inks in ambient conditions using simple UV radiation contemporaneously with UV-curing of deposited polymeric structures.


Saleh, E., Zhang, F., He, Y., Vaithilingam, J., Fernandez, J. L., Wildman, R. D., …Tuck, C. (2017). 3D inkjet printing of electronics using UV conversion. Advanced Materials Technologies, 2(10),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2017
Publication Date Oct 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2017
Journal Advanced Materials Technologies
Electronic ISSN 2365-709X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 10
Article Number 1700134
Keywords additive manufacturing, UV sintering, conductive ink, polymeric ink
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