Department

Graphic Communication Department

Degree Name

BS in Graphic Communication

Date

6-2010

Advisor(s)

Malcom Keif

Abstract/Summary

This study focuses on the potential applications for printed batteries and how they could affect the printing industry. It also analyzes the main problems associated with manufacturing this technology and what needs to be done to overcome these issues. To find the answers to these questions, two methods of research were used. The first was through the elite and specialized interviewing of Dr. Scott Williams of Rochester Institute of Technology and Professor Nancy Cullins from Cal Poly. The second form of research was a common, yet useful, method called secondary research. This entailed looking at recent written research papers about printable batteries to help find information and interpretations in order to draw conclusions.

This study discovered some of the applications for printable batteries included advertising, disposable packaging, car batteries, and medical devices. The main issue that is delaying progress in this technology appears to be discrepancies in the ink formulation and setbacks in the materials. As for its impact on the printing industry, it was found that printable batteries probably won't have as much of a profound effect as previously thought. Though it will be a great product for the industry, it will most likely become a niche market for specialized printers

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