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Structural electronics leverages enabling technologies to integrate electronics deep inside objects. The components that perform electronic functions are actually part of the structure of the object. The main benefits of structural electronics technologies is that they make it easy to manufacture personalized, user-friendly, digitally-enabled products. These capabilities respond to new needs and have the capacity to drive the emergence of new markets.
Structural electronics is inherently cross-disciplinary and hybrid, making it a natural next step in Liten's research on printed electronics, which, over the past decade, has moved the technology from rigid silicon substrates to 2D flexible substrates. Structural electronics goes beyond flexible printed electronics by integrating the substrates onto 3D parts.
Liten is working on new ink formulations, as well as printing, forming, and assembly processes for flexible and, in some cases, stretchable polymer or textile substrates.
Our advances in structural electronics include sensors that can capture physical data like pressure, temperature, and elongation, as well as switches made from organic materials for use in the automotive, healthcare, smart packaging, and building and construction materials industries.
Our structural electronics research is new. However, we have already earned recognition through the EU Horizon 2020 InSCOPE project, which will create a prototyping line for hybrid and printed systems. We have also formed strong structural electronics partnerships with corporations in France and internationally and with startups ISORG and SE2D.
Researchers at Liten, a CEA Tech institute, printed strain gauges on a flexible plastic substrate. The technique, which had previously been validated on pressure sensors, is paving the way to low-cost volume manufacturing.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.