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The Future of Product Design Utilising Printed Electronics  

Nicola York, Darren Southee, Mark Evans

Loughborough University (3) 

N.York@lboro.ac.uk

Keywords: printed electronics, product design, design education, communication approaches

Abstract

This paper addresses the teaching of emerging technologies to design students, using ‘printed electronics’ as an example as it recently became viable to mass manufacture and is ready for use in designs. Printed electronics is introduced as a disruptive technology, and approaches employed in knowledge transfer to industrial/product designers is reviewed. An overview of the technology is provided; the printing processes; material properties; a comparison with conventional electronics; and product examples are identified. Two case studies illustrate approaches for knowledge transfer to student designers. The assessment criteria and design outcomes from the case study projects are reviewed and future/new approaches proposed. The paper concludes that there is a need to develop a thorough knowledge transfer strategy for printed electronics to designers, informed by case studies and extending beyond simply showing examples of existing technology. This is necessary for future proofing both in technological advances and designing for the future. 

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Cite this paper: York, N., Southee, D., Evans, M. (2016). The Future of Product Design Utilising Printed Electronics. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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