Smart metallic structures through printed electronics sensors

Rotimpres is proud to be a key participant in a cutting-edge R&D project, generously subsidized by the state and conducted in collaboration with esteemed industry partners. This visionary initiative is dedicated to advancing intelligent metal structures through the innovative application of printed electronics. At the core of this groundbreaking endeavor lies the development of state-of-the-art sensors and antennas using advanced printed electronics technology, marking a significant leap forward in integrating sophisticated electronic functionalities into metal structures.

Advancing Metal Structures with Printed Electronics

The project represents a concerted effort to address the evolving demands of the digital era, leveraging the versatility and adaptability of printed electronics to unlock a myriad of opportunities across diverse industry segments. The unique properties of devices manufactured with this technology, including lightweight, thin form factors, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness, enable seamless integration into everyday objects that have yet to undergo digital transformation. 

From the printing of sensors on packaging containers to the incorporation of NFC/RFID antennas in product labels for traceability and authentication, the potential applications are vast. Additionally, low-power electroluminescent devices, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, and force sensors can be seamlessly integrated into various substrates, expanding the scope of possibilities.

Technological Innovation in Printed Electronics

  1. Pursuit of a sustainable electronic printing process based on 2D and 3D technologies.
  2. Exploration of conductive inks and compatible substrates for sensor application on metal surfaces.
  3. Precision printing process enabling replication of intricate designs for structural monitoring.
  4. Aim to achieve direct printing on metal surfaces, a milestone previously unattained.
  5. Innovative sensor design focusing on strain gauges and RFID antennas undergoing validation under real operating conditions.
  6. Solution for data transmission, eliminating wired systems for remote data analysis.

Addressing Technological Challenges

  1. Selection of printing materials compatible with metal structures.
  2. Design of a printing process for complex sensors on structures.
  3. Meticulous consideration of adhesion and continuity of conductive inks to the structure.
  4. Emphasis on sustainable solutions, prioritizing materials that minimize carbon footprint.
  5. Overcoming the challenge of achieving direct printing on metal structures.
  6. Ensuring precision required for complex circuitry in both 2D and 3D formats.

As a consortium member, Rotimpres is committed to contributing its expertise and resources to the successful realization of this transformative project. Our dedicated efforts are focused on the development and implementation of advanced printing technologies, furthering the project's objectives and fostering innovation in the realm of printed electronics. Through this collaborative endeavor, we aim to propel the boundaries of technological possibility, driving the evolution of intelligent metal structures and opening new frontiers for the integration of printed electronics in diverse industrial domains.


EMI is a project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the 2023 Call for Innovative Business Groups, within the framework of the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.