A $7.6 billion market for fully printed sensors in 2027
Sensors that are printed on flexible substrates represent a growing market. Although the biggest segment — blood glucose test strips — is currently shrinking, the next generation of printed sensors will enable other applications, from human-machine interfaces to environmental sensing. In the new report Printed and Flexible Sensors 2017-2027: Technologies, Players, Forecasts, IDTechEx predicts the market for fully printed sensors will reach $7.6 billion by 2027.
These sensors benefit from the latest materials and technologies in the printed electronics industry. While some may consist of a very simple structure with only a few electrodes, others are much more complex and require the deposition of multiple layers. What they have in common is the capability to be manufactured on plastic substrates, which offer advantages in terms of mechanical flexibility, thinness and weight reduction.
This report covers the following categories of printed sensors:
- Capacitive sensors
- Piezoresistive sensors
- Piezoelectric sensors
- Optical sensors
- Temperature sensors
- Humidity sensors
- Gas sensors
It should be noted that printing is not a new manufacturing technique in the sensor industry and in some cases, has been used as a standard process for many years. This report gives examples of the sensors that are based on "thick film", whereby some layers of sensing materials are deposited by screen printing. These devices are not fully printed but contain a printed layer of either a polymeric or ceramic material.
Growth in emerging applications
Printed disposable glucose sensors currently generate the majority of revenues. These sensors are used by diabetics as a self-diagnosis tool. This technology is essential for those patients but the market is now commoditized and there is pressure on price. This explains why the industry is developing new biosensors, where the innovation lies in recognizing various biomarkers.
Other printed and flexible sensors such as gas sensors, temperature sensors or photodetectors are now moving into mass production. This transition from R&D to commercialization will drive growth in emerging applications...
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