The scope of the workshop Emerging Trends in Microprinting comprises:
- Printed and flexible electronics
- Bioprinting, biomedical devices and tissue engineering
- MEMS and bioMEMS
- Additive micro-manufacturing
Materials, Methods and Applications topics include:
- Emerging printing techniques for sub-mm sized structures
- Materials for microprinting including bioinks, nanoparticle inks or particle-free inks
- Applications for printed microstructures, e.g. in life-sciences, biotechnology or electronics
- Post-treatment techniques for printed microstructures
- Scaling of microprinting from lab to industry scale, and yield improvement
- Business trends, market projections, M&A developments, and startup activities
Microprinting encompasses a spectrum of promising technologies that find application in various fields due to their ability to produce high-resolution patterns in microscale dimensions. Current developments in microprinting are focused on expanding the range of printable materials, improving print resolution and accuracy, and enhancing the scalability of printing processes. In addition, there are efforts to integrate microprinting with other additive manufacturing processes to create complex three-dimensional structures. The development of novel printing strategies and the exploration of innovative applications continue to drive the development of microprinting technology.
In the area of materials, progress has been made in the development of functional inks and substrates. Conductive inks, dielectric inks and biocompatible materials have been explored to enable the fabrication of electronic components, sensors and biomedical devices. In addition, more and more novel materials such as quantum dots, graphene and nanocomposites have been integrated, enabling enhanced functionalities and improved performance parameters.
In terms of printing technologies, inkjet printing, screen printing and flexographic printing have become popular due to their simplicity, scalability and compatibility with different materials. However, more precise processes such as photolithography, nanoimprint lithography and laser-induced forward transfer are also used for special applications.
Fields of application for microprinting can be found in a wide range of sectors. In the electronics industry, microprinting is used to manufacture flexible and wearable electronics, smart labels and printed circuit boards. In healthcare, it is used in the production of biosensors, drug delivery systems and scaffolds for tissue engineering. In addition, microprinting has potential applications in optics, photonics, energy storage and environmental monitoring.
Overall, current trends in microprinting have great potential for various industries. The continuous development of materials, methods and applications of microprinting opens up new opportunities for innovation and integration in various fields.
The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the international, scientific and technological exchange of leading experts in the field. Above all, companies are to be informed about and exchange the latest developments. In addition, the workshop and the participation of industrial partners should sustainably strengthen the innovation and competitiveness of the microprinting community and stimulate it with new impulses.
Companies will have the opportunity to present themselves, network with each other and discuss future collaborations with researchers. To facilitate scientific exchange, the workshop will integrate various programs to encourage active participation in the form of a pitch session, an SME exhibition area, and a moderated panel discussion between industry partners and researchers.
The format also provides an opportunity to present itself as an integrated high-technology location with strong solutions expertise. This also opens up considerable potential for strategic settlement marketing.
Networking between the individual participants will be further strengthened by joint evening events.