Classical electronics starts with discrete electronic components/elements and builds via a complex assembly process electronic modules on PCBs
The PCBs are also produced in a separate production process as one layer, double layer or multi-layer PCB. The PCBs are used to carry the elements, to connect them and to realize crossings of conductive traces.
The term "printegration" is an artificial word built of printing and integration. It stands for the integrating force of printing:
Connectors are printed together with the connectors, crossings are realized via the printing of the different layers.
The printing substitutes nearly all steps of the classical electronic production: element production and the whole assembly process, the connections and the crossings
The main advantages of printegration are:
- there are no additional assembly processes necessary
- no junctions, and therefore less potential failures
- All-printed ensures fast and cost effective processes