Can we “print” smart objects?

In the near future digital printing techniques will allow us to locally produce bespoke, electrically functional objects.

About the talk

According to technologist Dan Walker, the future is going to be printed. Well, not exactly, but many things that we today patch together or assemble, will actually come to us as complex printed objects. By loading the standard printers we use today with special inks that conduct electricity, we can print electronic circuits onto the objects, making it even easier to connect them to the Internet of Things.

About the speaker

Dan Walker · Advanced technologist

At Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Dan Walker is a Project Leader and Print Champion for the Chilworth site in the United Kingdom. His aim is to lead a dedicated printing team with digital, analogue and additive printing capabilities. After studying physics and astronomy at the University of Southampton, Dan started at our company as a Research and Development scientist, focusing first on organic electronics and then on displays. He went on to pursue a PhD at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany on solution processed inorganic semiconductors which led him to work today on inkjet printed OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes).