Flexible electronics at the moment is not yet able to mass distribution, but nevertheless scientists and engineers managed to achieve considerable success in this area. Therefore, there is no doubt that in the near future, flexible electronics will begin to enter the consumer market. For example, recently, researchers from the University of North Carolina presented a very ambitious 3D printing with molten metal.
About the new development writes the online edition of Science. It effectively reduces the total amount of costs caused by the production of “flexible” electronics. To this was applied a special basis, where instead of the usual when creating this kind of devices, functional ink used metal alloys which melt at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. For a long time after solidification, the alloy remains electrically stable and conduct current even after being bent and straightened several times.
As stated by scientists, this technology will allow to produce a large number of chips with a significantly lower cost than using usual techniques. It is also interesting that the new technology can be easily integrated into any manufacturing technology from printed circuit boards and chips to flexible screens.