Trend #1: Organic electronics will become more popular.
Trend #2: Internet of things and artificial intelligence will gain ground.
Trend #3: Printed electronics will continue to reduce manufacturing costs.
Rather than using wires as circuits, this technology relies on conductive inks and flexible films—allowing for fewer raw materials and more flexible parts. And because printing can occur anywhere, companies that use it will enjoy more flexibility when it comes to manufacturing.
Trend #4: The use of 3-D printing technologies will continue to expand.
From jigs and test beds to components and accessories, 3-D printing allows for fast prototyping, stacked designs, and complete customization. This technology enables manufacturers to lower costs—while supporting one-off requests and quickly-developed solutions.