Plastic printed electronics will be dominated by 3D printing technologies, and they’ll be critical to the development of what researchers are calling the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is essentially an interconnection of uniquely identifiable, embedded computing devices inside the existing framework of the Internet. IoT promises advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services to bring automation to nearly every field of endeavor. The IoT concept includes connectivity for devices like human heart monitor implants, biochips in farm animals, field operation tools for police and firemen, and even built-in sensor packages for automobiles and kitchen appliances. [...]
Plastic circuits could end up having perhaps 1/1,000th the cost-per-area of the equivalent silicon device,” Bryzek says.
Bryzek adds that traditional semiconductor companies will undergo a violent upheaval as 3D printing is adopted.