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Welcome to the official website of the VIP+ project T-paper carried out by the Institute for Print and Media Technology at Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany.

Basic facts

  • Main aim: roll-to-roll printed loudspeaker paper
  • Funding scheme: VIP+ by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Duration: 01/05/2017 – 30/04/2020
  • Budget: 1.37 Mio. EUR

News

VIP+ Report of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research published a report on the last VIP+ Innovation Conference 2019 in Berlin. The T-PAPER team also participated in the Conference 2019. Their printed loudspeaker was presented at the exhibition VIP+UP! . The aim of the Innovation Conference is a technology transfer from universities to industry. The grant-aided projects …

T-PAPER presented at the IEEE ISE 2019 in Ireland

The T-PAPER project participated in the 17th International Symposium on Electrets at the University of Limerick. Dr. Xunlin Qiu talked about “Fully printed polymer layer structures as flexible piezoelectric loudspeaker” and took part in some workshops. He also got a chance to talk about the latest developments of the T-PAPER project with colleagues from Malaysia, …

T-PAPER put their heads together about remaining months of the project

T-PAPER had a team meeting to discuss successful last months and to brainstorm about new applications of a T-Paper. Dr. Georg Schmidt gave update and set new proposals for the next months of the project. All this time we were advancing our technology and moving closer to our final goal! We also welcomed a new …

T-Paper

pmTUC has developed a technology which allows the manufacturing of loudspeakers solely by means of conventional mass printing technologies on flexible substrates like foil or even paper. More precisely, we are talking about printed piezoelectric loudspeakers, i.e. a piezoelectric crystal transfers an applied AC voltage to a mechanical deformation and a vibration of the whole substrate. If the frequency of the AC signal is in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, audible sound is generated.

In our case a piezoelectric polymer is sandwiched between two organic electrodes, i.e. we have truly fully plastic speakers without magnets. All layers can be printed step by step on a substrate but thanks to new developments during the last three years, we are now able to integrate all electronic layers within a special paper – the tone paper – or shorter T-paper – was born making it possible to print on both sides of the paper color pictures or whatever you are used to print (or write) on paper. The printed electronics part keeps hidden and invisible.

At the starting point of this project, the realisation of the T-paper is based on a semi-automatic sheetfed process with low efficiency and throughput. However, first applications could be successfully demonstrated like the T-book in 2015 – a unique photo book with speaking images.

Now, main aim of the VIP+ project T-paper is to transfer the inefficient sheetfed manufacturing to a high-throughput roll-to-roll pilot line at one of pmTUC’s R2R printing presses. This includes the development and validation of a stable R2R printing process of all functional layers, the inline polarisation of the piezoelectric material but also post-press technologies like lamination and folding.

pmTUC

Based on a long tradition in conventional printing press engineering, the Institute for Print and Media Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology (pmTUC) has established itself as a research and teaching institution which combines traditional paper-based media and new digital technologies. Cooperation and scientific partnerships with many well-known companies of the national and international media, electronics and chemicals industry prove the esteem for the scientific work of the pmTUC, headed by Prof. Dr. Arved C. Hübler. Webpage: http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/pm

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