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T-Ink animation showcases conductive ink technology


T-Ink Inc.

T-Ink Inc., New York, offers a "thinking ink" technology that reportedly can replace physical switches, wire and sensors with printed components that create circuits without wires, as the company illustrated in a recent video animation of the process used to make an automobile overhead light.

The technology, which uses standard printing equipment and processes, enables the production of conductive inks that are flexible and washable—without loosing conductivity, according to T-Ink's Web site. In addition, the ink can be applied to surfaces and materials such as paper, fabrics and plastics, and reach into tiny spaces inaccessible to wiring and switches.

T-Ink used its Smart InMold application, which features its "thinking ink," to construct an overhead light for cars that is 0.25" thick. Compared to its predecessor, which was 2.75" thick, the new overhead light will allow car makers to add an additional 2" of interior headroom, the company reported on its site.

Touted by T-Ink as a disruptive technology, the Smart InMold application earlier this year earned a bronze Edison Award in the material science and enhanced functionality category.