Screen's foothold is anything but weak in the realm of functional printing; the possibilities, truly, are endless.
By Wim Zoomer
Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Zoomer's analysis of one of screen printing's strongest areas, functional printing, includes a partial list of potential applications. Click each link to learn more about some of the most lucrative possibilities.
Public transportation tickets;
Paper-thin batteries for toys and gift cards;
Stealth applications, such as a collision protection for wind farms at sea;
And security features for money and banknotes.
Medical applications include:
Blood glucose test strips;
And instrument monitors.
Printed electronics include:
Touch panels and displays (including electric wiring);
Automotive applications (such as rear window defrosters, black windshield borders that protect the glass adhesive, and integrated GPS with antennae);
Printed architectural glass;
For more from our "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" special issue:
Screen Printing: A Technology at a Crossroads, Steve Duccilli
Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing, Mike Young
Screen Printing: King of Textiles, Charlie Taublieb
The Future of Functional Printing, Wim Zoomer
The Limitations of Screen Printing in the Graphic Arts, Tamas S. Frecska
Why Web-to-Print Software Matters for All Printing Businesses, Eileen Fritsch
A Sampling of Web-to-Print Software, Eileen Fritsch
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