Methode Development Company (MDC), a business unit of Methode Electronics, Inc., announces the release of a development kit that allows engineers to create functional electrical circuits with a thermal inkjet desktop printer, eliminating tooling and reducing development time.
Last year, Methode introduced the water-based 9101 conductive ink, which is formulated for thermal and piezo inkjet printing systems. The digital inkjet printing method enables circuit pattern and variable data experimentation right at a designer's desk.
The kit includes a thermal inkjet printer, two sample substrates, a cartridge filled with the 9101 conductive ink, a printer maintenance kit and an owner's manual. The cartridge simply replaces the existing black cartridge on the desktop printer. The desktop print head is the same head used for industrial print systems, allowing a direct path for production scale-up. The price of the kit is $1,850 with replacement 9101 ink cartridges available.
The conductive properties of the ink are well suited for the growing expanding electronics market, which is forecast to grow over $1 billion by 2014. Security printing, RFID, signage, displays, backplane, photovoltaic and security markets require the efficient and cost effective manufacturing alternative of inkjet printing. The ink has electrical resistance as low as 0.2 ohms per square when printed with a resolution of 600 dots per inch (DPI).
About Methode Electronics:
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global manufacturer of component and subsystem devices with manufacturing, design and testing facilities located around the world. Methode designs and manufactures devices within a wide diversity of markets employing electrical, electronic, wireless, sensing and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, user-interfaces, interconnections and controls. Further information can be found at Methode's website at www.methode.com .