Xerox has developed a new ink made from silver that can be used to print circuits onto plastics, films and textiles, according to physorg.com.
What separates the silver ink from its peers is its low melting point, which allows it to be printed onto plastics without melting the plastic itself. Most metals melt at about 1,000 degrees C, while plastic melts at 150 degrees C. Xerox’s silver ink melts at only 140 degrees C, letting the plastic go unharmed.
Xerox is currently working with manufacturers on various applications of the ink, which range from RFID tag production, flexible plastic electronic gadgets and even clothing that has circuits woven into the fabric.
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