Advanced Manufacturing Canada: Exhibition and Conference

On the Road to Printing Smart, Functional Objects

Michelle Chretien, Senior R&D Manager/Program Manager, will present On the Road to Printing Smart, Functional Objects, a look into new materials developments and examples of integrated printed and hybrid devices produced at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. 

What excites the scientists and engineers at Xerox about 3D printing and printed electronics is not so much making conventional things in a different way, but the possibility to make things that were “unmake-able” before.  Our work at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is at the intersection of printed electronics and 3D printing, we are pushing the envelope towards producing unconventional objects by printing both form and function. We are interested in inventing new materials for printing conventional objects with improved properties as well as moving across the divide to print functionality and structure together.  XRCC has been the global materials development Centre for Xerox Corporation for the past 40 years and over the last decade, we’ve put our expertise to work commercializing a portfolio of materials for printed electronics.

We have developed a broad range of materials from conductive inks to semiconducting polymers, organic dielectric materials and more.  Our most recent work has been in developing these materials for printing functional device elements onto conformal surfaces by leveraging the combination of printing systems with robotic motion control.