Printed Electronics Becoming More Relevant to Our Market Segments
Subcommittee D61 is tasked with one of the most critical topics for success. In response to the question of whether file formats used to record and transmit designs for printed electronics will be addressed by Subcommittee D61, Mr. Gamota stated, “We have typically used electronic design layout software to create a design and later converted it to PDF or DFX for the printer to manufacture the product. A standard for file format design and transmission is necessary to establish and sustain the growth of the industry. The technology developers have commented that without this standard, printed electronics may not grow past a niche technology.”
As the application of standard print equipment grows to fit and support printed electronics manufacturing, the ability to specify and test a workflow will be important.
Currently, a direct PDF interface is not available; however, in the long term it is expected that the transition to PDF will occur, since using PDF eliminates calculation errors, assures data integrity, and minimizes the opportunity for routing mistakes.
If you are interested in participating in the development of standards for this exciting new field of technology, or would like further information, contact Debbie Orf, NPES Assistant Director of Standards, phone: (703) 264-7200 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.