Sarah-Jane is currently studying for an EngD in Materials Engineering at the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC) at Swansea University. She has a Master's Degree (MEng) in Product Design Engineering from Swansea University which she completed in 2015. Since starting her EngD, Sarah-Jane has partaken a number of materials engineering and chemistry based modules as well as started to conduct research for her project on screen printing for icmPrint Consortium. Currently, Sarah-Jane's work focuses on investigating the impact of the screen printing process on the orientation and alignment of particles in the print.
Screen printing is a highly versatile printing process, capable of producing a variety of products including aerials, sensors, printed circuit boards as well as graphics applications. This project will look into the effect of a range of process parameters on a variety of inks and screens in order develop predictive methods and establish best practises. The objectives can be split up into three main parts.
The first objective of this project is to establish the interaction of print process parameters on resolution, surface roughness and registration for a range of complex inks on a variety of screens. As well this, the second objective of the project is to establish the impact of the screen printing process on the orientation and alignment of particles in the print. Additionally, the thirst objective of the project is to establish the impact of curing and gelling on the printed films, particularly on slumping, surface roughness and particle orientation. Although he main focus of the project will be on the use of functional inks, it will also aim to benefit the traditional applications, such as graphic inks, by improving the quality and predictability of the process.