Nanoparticle Inks Market: Overview
Nanoparticle ink, often referred as conductive ink, is a 3D printing technology widely used in the manufacturing of electronic components, especially batteries and circuit boards. While saving significant time, these inks also prove cost effective in the desired application.
3D printing has already been employed in various fields, such as consumer electronics with casings and some portable components being made on industrial 3D printers. The ink used is a suspension of nanoparticles of silver, copper, and other conductive material in a dense liquid medium like ethylene glycol. The mixture obtained is homogenized, then centrifuged to separate out larger particles, finally resulting in the ink used to print batteries.
These conductive inks are used in applications, such as sensors/medicine, printed electronics, photovoltaics, and consumer electronics. Owing to benefits, such as optimization of time with currency, replacement of bulky and energy-consuming wires with compact, more energy-efficient systems with greater durability than traditional wired circuits, the demand for nanoparticle inks is expected to increase, thus boosting the global market for conductive inks in the coming years.
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Nanoparticle Inks Market: Segmentation
The nanoparticle inks market can be segmented into three types: ingredients, applications, and geography. Based on the type of ingredients employed, a large variety of nanoparticle inks are currently available. These include copper flake conductive inks, dielectric conductive inks, silver conductive inks, copper oxide nanoparticle conductive inks, carbon nanotube conductive inks, carbon/graphene conductive inks, and polymeric conductive inks.
Nanoparticle inks are used to produce a wide variety of products. The type of ink used is reflected by the end-user application. These conductive inks are used in making solar cells, membrane switches, displays, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, and printed circuit boards (PCB). The other uses of nanoparticle inks include the production of seat heating element and lightweight sensors for the automotive industry. Furthermore, these conductive inks are also used in the production of batteries, fuel cells, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. The continuously increasing demand for nanoparticle inks in all such applications is predicted to drive the global nanoparticle inks market in the next few years.
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Nanoparticle Inks Market: Key Players
Some of the major companies operating in the global nanoparticle inks market are Johnson Mathley Plc, Conductive Compounds, Inc, Showa Denko K.K, PPG Industries Inc, Vorbeck Materials Corporation, Inc, Sun Chemical, Creative Materials Inc, Cambrios Technologies Corporation.