Elephantech Inc. is a start-up that manufactures and sells Flex PCB that are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner by utilizing inkjet printing and copper plating under the mission of ”Making the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies“.
We will promote digital manufacturing with the aim of expanding additive manufacturing through inkjet printing, which is characterized by its digital nature and high degree of freedom in modeling.
Elephantech’s PCB manufacturing method (Pure Additive™ method) involves using inkjet printing to print metal only where it is needed, thus reducing the environmental impact in terms of energy use, water use and waste compared to existing methods.
This contributes to 6.3 and 6.4 of Goal 6 and 12.2 and 12.5 of Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Inkjet manufacturing requires no molding, making it suitable for customization and high-mix low-volume productions as it can be done by simply sending data.This characteristic is highly compatible with the manufacturing methods known as digital manufacturing, such as “Industry 4.0” from Germany and “Connected Industries” from Japan.
The copper wiring of Elephantech’s Flexible PCB P-Flex® is completely mold-less and is patterned by inkjet printing metal nano-ink, allowing for instant changes to the patterns on the production line by simply modifying the data sent to the printer.
We can make complex shapes that cannot be made by grinding, and this is what makes it so attractive.
For instance, contactless printing is preferable when drawing silver wiring over small bumps. Of all the contactless printing methods, AM by inkjet printing is the most productive and allows patterning. AM is especially valuable for its ability to apply any material at any step of the production process and ensures manufacturing process flexibility.