Benefits of carbon inks

Our webinar highlighted a number of key advantages of carbon inks, such as:

Applications in printed electronics

EMI/RFI shielding

Carbon inks have emerged as a highly versatile and valuable material in the electronic industry. One of the key uses of carbon inks is in Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) / Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) shielding, where they are employed to protect electronic devices from electromagnetic and radio frequency interference. This shielding property is crucial in ensuring the proper functioning of sensitive electronic components, preventing any disruption or damage caused by external electromagnetic signals.

Printed heaters

Another significant application of carbon inks is in the production of printed heaters. These heaters are created by printing a carbon ink pattern onto a substrate, which can then generate heat when an electric current is passed through it. This technology finds extensive use in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics, where it is employed for applications such as defogging windows, heating seats, and warming electronic devices.

Medical sensors

Carbon inks also play a vital role in the development of medical sensors. These printed electronic sensors are designed to monitor various physiological parameters, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels, providing valuable data for healthcare professionals. Carbon inks are utilized in the fabrication of these sensors due to their excellent electrical conductivity and biocompatibility, ensuring accurate and reliable measurements while being safe for use in medical applications.

Electrostatic dissipation

Another application for carbon inks is electrostatic dissipation, where the ink is used to control and dissipate static electricity. Static electricity can pose a significant risk in certain environments, particularly in industries such as electronics manufacturing and explosive handling. Carbon inks are incorporated into materials and surfaces to create a conductive path, allowing the safe discharge of static charges and minimizing the potential for damage or accidents.

How NOVA’s intuitive UI enables a smooth printing experience

With the introduction of NOVA, Voltera addressed some touch sensing and positioning inefficiencies that were present in the V-One.  We recognized the need for a solution that would surpass the current limitations we were encountering and provide an even better user experience.

To achieve this, we implemented strain gauge resistors printed with carbon ink in the design of NOVA. By incorporating strain gauge resistors, we were able to combine the XY and Z axes, accurately measure and interpret touch inputs with utmost precision, and overall ensure a highly responsive and intuitive user interface.

The use of carbon ink in the printing process also added an extra layer of durability to NOVA. Due to carbon ink's exceptional resistance to wear and tear, it was the ideal choice for long-lasting performance. This feature ensures that NOVA can withstand the rigors of daily use, providing users with a reliable and robust touch sensing and positioning solution.

What’s next for carbon inks in printed electronics?

As the domain of printed electronics advances, the significance of carbon inks continues to grow. Their adaptability, efficiency, and durability make them a front-runner for many applications in the industry. Researchers are still uncovering new properties and uses for carbon black, graphene, and other carbon nanomaterials in printed electronics. For those interested in diving deeper into the subject, stay tuned to our blog for additional resources and research summaries that will offer more in-depth insights.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended the webinar. For those who missed out, or those eager to learn more, don't hesitate to reach out.

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