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The following is an article by Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, the global research and business intelligence firm that created the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015, which will be held November 18-19, 2015 in Santa, Clara, California.

Today’s emerging technologies are varied, vast – and moving at the blink of an eye. Here are the top 10 key trends we’ll see at the show that are changing the way the world lives, works and plays.

Wearable Technology Moves Beyond Fashionable
Wearable technology is a strong driver for the development of stretchable electronics, enabling devices that can conform and move with the human body ― rather than the rigid blocks of electronics that constrict human motion we saw in early stages. Not only are there new innovations in materials, adhesives and component connections, key components like sensors, batteries and transistors are themselves now flexible. Through the use of case studies and key analyses, presenting companies will discuss implementation of these emerging technologies in new products, such as the Baby MIMO electronic monitoring vest enabled by stretchable ink from EMS.

Printed Electronics: From Component Supply to Innovative Product Design
Over the last 18 months, many players in the printed electronics industry have been moving from offering a component to making complete products, resulting in the creation of new market spaces with new products not previously feasible. Many of these products – as well as new ones to be announced – will be demonstrated at the show, including the TempTraq smart band aid from BlueSpark; the golf club sensor labels from Enfucell; smart packaging from Thin Film Electronics; and pens that write with conductive ink to produce circuits from Electroninks. Attendees will also see the host of the integration tools that enable these new products.

Illuminating Flexible Displays and Lighting
OLED and ― even now LCD ― displays are increasingly becoming flexible with the use of plastic substrates. In fact, last July LG Display announced that it will invest approximately $900 million in a flexible OLED display manufacturing line in Korea. These flexible displays call for new materials and films, from flexible barrier materials to flexible backplanes; and players in this arena are also prioritizing consumer electronics and automotive applications. The IDTechEx Show! features sessions on displays, lighting and related components, such as barrier films and flexible transparent conductive films.

Structural Electronics Take Flight
Structural electronics are replacing the old components-in-a-box approach with smart materials, such as load―bearing parts, smart skin and e-textiles. For example, a recent IDTechEx interview with one of the largest car Japanese companies revealed that their experimental 3D printing of ultra-lightweight car seats, based on bird bone structure, will now become 3D-PE with electrics and electronics built into the seat as it is grown. Meanwhile, teams in Australia, the UK and the U.S. will be demonstrating supercapacitor car bodies using in-mold electronics. A key session at the show will discuss how these structural electronics are taking flight ― from printed functional systems on aircraft to in-mold electronics.

3D Printed Electronics Expand
3D printing is now being combined with printed electronics, which has led to the development of exciting new products. For instance, 3D printers have developed metals which can be 3D printed to create metal objects from jewelry to engine parts. This emerging technology will be the focus of a session about metal materials for 3D printing; and printing metallic materials with corresponding functional inks, such as printing dielectrics onto 3D surfaces to create 3D electronics, is also covered in a session on 3D printed electronics.

Thin is In With Sensors
Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than expand the market of rigid sensors ― a trend that can be seen in the actions of companies like ISORG, which has raised $22 million to build a facility to make optical sensors on plastic; and by the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s investment of $75 million in a new manufacturing innovation institute for flexible and hybrid electronics. (Both organizations are presenting at the show.) We’ll also see improvements and new form factors with conventional sensors driven by the ongoing needs of wearable technology, the automotive industry, the Internet of Things and built structures. These sensor advances are covered in presentations by some of today’s most dynamic organizations, including Intel, InvenSense, Honeywell and TE Connectivity, which will highlight key opportunities as we progress to the trillion sensor network.

Energy Harvesting Reaches a Higher Power
Energy harvesters started out as smaller devices used to power IoT sensor nodes, switches and other small devices, but this capability has rapidly grown to now include thermoelectrics providing energy input for cars; and companies such as Google embracing airborne wind energy (AWE); and others in use now for regenerative breaking.  At the show, we’ll see how today’s harvesters can turn motion in a 3D direction into a single directional motion for harvesting energy, in addition to form factors ranging from thin piezoelectric films to large, high-power output devices.

Thin, Flexible Batteries:  Not Your Father’s Bunny
The world's largest consumer electronics companies, such as Apple, LG and Samsung, have moved into the development of flexible battery technology ― due in a large part to the wearable technology market, which will help drive the flexible battery market from U.S. $ 6.9 million in 2015 to more than U.S $400 million in 2025, according to IDTechEx Research. Key presentations at the show will illustrate how this incredible market will unfold.

The Motion of the Ocean: Energy Independent Vehicles
Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIVs) exist on and under water, as airships and planes and as on―road and off―road vehicles ― typically relying on sunshine sometimes with other forms of energy harvesting as well, including waves and wind―making electricity to power their motors. But mostly they rely on flexible photovoltaics. At the show, key presentations will focus on increasingly multiple, on―board energy harvesting that will further boost the already impressive speed, payloads and duty cycles.

You Can See Clearly Now:  Smart Eyewear Enabling VR and AR
More organizations are developing smart glasses and contact lenses than ever before. Fueled by new component form factors and lower power functionality, they seek to address the huge virtual reality and augmented reality opportunities ripe for the taking. At the IDTechEx show!, you’ll be able to try out the latest innovations for yourself.

The eight co-located conferences of the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015 will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 18-19, 2015.

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Printed Electronics USA 2015, the world’s largest event on printed, flexible and organic electronics, has confirmed over 200 exhibitors, more than any previous show to date – leaving only two percent of exhibition space available.
Printed Electronics USA is part of the IDTechEx Show! being held November 18-19 in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Featuring exhibitors from over 20 countries, the show is expected to host 3,000 attendees who will enjoy a first-hand look at today’s most exciting emerging technologies, including commercialization and the newest advances in printed electronics.

“The response we received following the launch of our stretchable electronic inks for wearable electronics at IDTechEx last year was outstanding,” says Michael Burrows of DuPont Microcircuit Wearables, a leader in the wearables segment. “This year, we look forward to sharing our newest innovations in stretchable electronics and showcasing some examples of smart clothing enabled by our technology.”

Lead sponsor NovaCentrix will showcase its printed electronics equipment and material solutions. Presenting companies include industry giants and innovators, such as Coca-Cola, HP, United Technologies Research Center, Jabil, DuPont and Bayer Healthcare.

Printed Electronics USA features several new, exciting attractions that highlight the emerging technologies in this rapidly expanding arena. “Demonstration Street,” for instance, will give attendees the chance to see printed electronics-based products they have only read about such as flexible LCD displays; and “Manufacturing Street’ will take attendees through a hands-on journey into the world of equipment that makes these devices. These demonstration areas will be running on the exhibition floor, with industry experts on hand to answer questions.

Ten winners of the prestigious IDTechEx Launchpad competition, sponsored by Qualcomm, will also demonstrate – for the first time - unique prototypes and products from early stage companies. The event will also feature the “Internet of Things Bus,” from Atmel – an actual motor bus on the exhibition floor showcasing the many diverse technologies and use cases of IoT.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 16:40

11th IDTechEx Printed Electronics Show

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The 11th IDTechEx Printed Electronics show is set to attract more than 2,500 attendees and 200 exhibitors. This global conference and tradeshow uniquely brings together a number of closely-related, synergic and growing market sectors. The Printed Electronics show attracts the conductive paste industry, including end users, material suppliers, printers and printing equipment manufacturers.

This is a successful and growing industry and IDTechEx projects that the $2 billion conductive ink/paste sector will grow $3.2 billion in 2025 at the material level. The growth will stem from the returning optimism in the photovoltaic sector, but will also be fueled by a variety of other emerging and high-CAGR sectors such as automotive interiors, sensors, antennas and touch screens. The old powder and flake technologies will remain resilient but the nanotechnology solutions will also fast approach competitiveness. Screen printing remains robust and widespread, but gravure and inkjet increasing find their ways into the market.

The IDTechEx event is designed to cover all the diverse strands of emerging market opportunities for the conductive ink and paste value chain. Within the broad printed electronics sector, we cover markets such as photovoltaics including the niche organic photovoltaics and dye-sensitised solar cells, solid state lighting, OLED displays, smart packaging and labels, sensors and actuators, etc.

We also co-host various other adjacent yet highly synergic industries, which represent growing but early-stage market opportunities. Our show will host the 3D Printing industry where many all looking for multi-functional 3D printable materials, the supercapacitors industry where players are looking for higher performance electronics, and the wearable technology industry where many are looking for more robust and flexible electronics.

The IDTechEx Printed Electronics show brings together all the key players in the industry. Our conference tracks and tradeshow feature many of the main conductive ink and paste suppliers such as DuPont Microcircuit, Heraeus Precious Metals, Agfa, Henkel Electronic Materials, DOWA, Conductive Compounds, Method Electronics, Ercon Ink, Engineered Material Systems, Inc, Xymox, Protavic Ink.

The suppliers of nano-enabled and other emerging solutions will also be in Santa Clara. For example, we will have Novacentrix, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Intrinsiq Materials, PV Nano Cell, Nanogap, Liquid X Printed Metals, etc.

We will also host developers and manufacturers of non-metallic conductive inks and materials such as SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc, NanoIntegris, Brewer Science, XG Science, Graphene Technologies, Applied Graphene Materials.

Our event is also designed to host players that participate in the supporting ecosystem. Major curing, inkjet, screen, gravure and flexo printing equipment manufactures will exhibit with us.  There is ample opportunity for business development and partnership opportunities.

Novacentrix and Xenon Corporation will showcase their photo-sintering equipment. While many inkjet and aerosol developers will discuss and showcase their latest equipment and technology. Examples include Optomec, Roth & Rau B.V., CERADROP, Digitex International Inc, FUJIFILM Diamatix, ImTech, Notion Systems, SIJ Technology Inc.

And of course screen, gravure and flexo printers will also be in Santa Clara. Examples include Asada Mesh Co., Ltd., Chromaline Screen Print Products, Dynamesh Inc, KIWO, MURAKAMI SCREEN, Riv Inc, Saati Americas Corp, Sefar, ULNANO, GT+W, Harper Corporation of America, and Sung An Machinery

IDTechEx also runs a 3-hour masterclass on conductive ink technologies and markets. The masterclass is led by IDTechEx analysts but also features industry input from Novacentrix, Cambrios and DuPont. This is an excellent opportunity to get up to speed with this field prior to attending the conference.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:01

3D Printing Live! USA 2014

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The latest forecasts by IDTechEx, including ten key markets, show the 3D Printing Industry will reach over $14B by 2025. At 3D Printing LIVE! IDTechEx Director, Dr Jon Harrop, will share his insights and discuss the applications, unmet needs and future markets of the 3D Printing Industry.

On November 19-20, leading innovators in 3D printing will come together in Silicon Valley at one of USA's leading conferences on emerging printing technologies. 3D Printing LIVE! brings the world of new and emerging 3D printing technologies to an audience representing current and potential end-users. Attendees at the conference will gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest technological advances in 3D Printing, with end-users across a range of application areas reporting on their experiences and requirements.

End-users often report to IDTechEx that lack of precision and slow build speed restrain their use of 3D printing for final product manufacture. The technical aspects of increasing resolution and throughput will be explored by Bosch Rexroth and TNO. Boeing have 12 years of end-user experience and have laser-sintered 20,000 thermoplastic parts for non-critical applications. They will describe their research on direct write technologies.

A wider variety of material properties are desired by end-users. Printrbot, Arevo Labs, Metalysis, Graphene 3D Lab and CRP USA will discuss their various materials developments including stronger polymers, a new way to produce metal powders, graphene-enhanced materials and 3D printing carbon fibre composites.

OmniDynamics have recently launched their desktop thermoplastic recycler which is a potentially disruptive technology, reducing the thermoplastic filament market for chemical suppliers and filament formulators, but reducing the running costs of thermoplastic extruders for end-users.

3D Printing LIVE! will assess the proliferation of 3D Printing from prototyping into final product manufacture, using case studies in a variety of industries, including talks from Flextronics, Architected Materials, Optomec and Solidscape.

IDTechEx believes 3D Bioprinting is going to realise its full potential within the coming decade. The addressable markets are valued at $150B. The in-vitro testing market is currently $60B. Rod Jose from Tufts University will speak about Biomedical and Tissue Engineering Applications.

There has been rapid growth in sales of consumer level printers for hobbyists and professionals. In January, the total worldwide installed base of Makerbot reached 44,000. MakerBot's VP of R&D, Dr Jan Sumerel, will speak following their year of exceptional growth. Erick Wolf from Airwolf 3D will discuss the use of desktop 3D Printers for Rapid Prototyping and MadeSolid will present on the market forces from a materials perspective.

The potential for off-planet manufacturing is a poster-child for 3D printing and receives a lot of media attention. IDTechEx strive to cut through the hype and present the facts. Aaron Kemmer, CEO of Made in Space, will present after their recent success of sending a 3D printer into orbit on the international space station. Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) will discuss the uses of 3D Printing for Next Generation Rocket Engines.

Printed Optics is a largely unexplored and untapped market. Richard van de Vrie, President and CEO of LuxExcel, will speak about the world's only additive manufacturing process for functional optics.

IDTechEx believes 3D printing in the food industry is underdeveloped but has the potential to drastically change farming and food supply. 3Dponics' founder, Michael Golubev, will speak about their use of 3D printing in food production.

Although 3D Printed Electronics are far from commercialisation, IDTechEx's wealth of experience in both technology areas puts them in a great position to track the early stages.

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Monday, 21 October 2013 15:33

3D Printing Live 2013 Conference

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3D Printing Live!, hosted by IDTechEx and taking place in Santa Clara, CA on November 21-22, 2013 will bring an entirely new audience to the 3D printing arena.

Originally viewed as a rapid prototyping tool, the raft of technologies known as 3D Printing, or alternatively additive manufacturing, have reached a level of sophistication where they are now on the cusp of moving into production manufacturing. 3D printing is a means to additively generate 3-dimensional objects on a layer-by-layer basis with material options including photopolymers, thermoplastics, metal powders and more.

Now viewed as virtually standard tools in the automotive, aerospace, and other engineering industries, new markets are opening up in the medical and dental fields especially where the ease of producing customised implants without the need to amortise tooling costs is highly attractive.

3D Printing Live! provides a full overview of the field including end-user perspectives, technology and materials developments, functional 3D printing, and the software led supply chain.

At this event you will  hear what Boeing, IBM, Princeton, Optomec, Harvard, Microsoft, Sandvik and many others have to say about the latest developments in 3D printing. This conference will give a realistic evaluation of the future of 3D printing presented by some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Monday, 19 August 2013 08:18

Inaugural 3D Printing LIVE! Event

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IDTechEx is pleased to announce its inaugural event 3D Printing LIVE! event will take place in Santa Clara, CA on November 20-21 2013.

This event introduces the 3D Printing community to the Printed Electronics world in a conference with a truly international flavour. Approximately 1800 delegates from across the globe will mingle on a show floor with in excess of 150 exhibitors, gaining access to potential clients and collaborations outside of the “usual suspects” already actively working in each of these rapidly converging areas.

Technology developers will be able to reach new audiences, including some of the largest companies from around the world, and end-users will have a platform to discuss their requirements both current and looking ahead to the future.

Issues of materials properties and needs will be discussed in a forum attended by many of the most experienced and major materials development organisations, many of whom have already demonstrated a significant interest in 3D printing.

Delegates will be able to gain an overview of both the push-and-pull aspects of the markets for these technologies, and presentations from some of the most advanced academic groups working in this field will yield an understanding of the novel techniques and applications that are in the pipeline.

In-depth analysis and forecasts for 3D printing markets will also be presented clearly illustrating the trends and opportunities existing within this exciting and fast paced field.

IDTechEx invites you to come and explore the synergies at an event that will attract new audiences and ideas for 3D printing and offer a fresh take on the possibilities for growth and cooperation.

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