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Andrea Greenacre

Andrea Greenacre

EngD Student

Andrea is in her first year of study working towards an EngD in Materials Engineering with the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in collaboration with ICMPrint. She obtained a Masters of Mechanical Engineering, first class honours in 2015 from Swansea University, and is now expanding her knowledge to the world of flexographic printing of functional materials.

Project: High Volume Printing of Functional Materials, with Special Reference to Flexography and Smart Packaging

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To expand the existing knowledge boundary and translate this into improvements on press, icmPrint (an independent not for profit Research and Technology Organisation) is sponsoring a 4 year EPSRC Engineering Doctorate in the WCPC, (Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University) to take the understanding of flexography to the next level.

The objectives of this project are through practical experiments both in the laboratory and on production presses to:

  • Establish the impact of different ink curing technologies
  • Establish the potential for flexo to volume print smart packaging and large area electronics
  • Explore new ways of combining print with new media
  • Increase the colour gamut
  • Establish the optimum fixed pallet printing
  • Print functional materials such as sensor and bio inks
  • Improve predictability, consistency and registration (the key to accurate colour reproduction)
  • Developing predictive methods