When printed, such inks form a layer which behaves similarly to conventional bulk wafer based semiconductors. However, due to their unique morphology such printed semiconductor elements can bend without breaking and losing function. This enables production of curved or flexible electronic devices, including transistors.
- Essentially any size and shape semiconductor devices can be produced.
- Use of additive manufacturing addresses multiple problems associated with current subtractive semiconductor processing technologies, including dramatic waste reduction.
- Printing inorganic semiconductor devices does not require the tremendous set-up costs needed for wafer processing facilities.
- Flexibility in choice of semiconductor. Substituting a semiconductor material does not require any major changes in the manufacturing process (such as opening another super expensive semiconductor foundry) – it becomes just a different ink used in the device printing process.