TECHNOLOGY:  

Supercooled metal particles

AFFILIATION:   SAFI-Tech, Ames, Iowa, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Advanced Manufacturing
Tech Readiness: TRL 3

Tech Brief: SAFI-Tech is taking the heat out of soldering and transforming flexible electronics with our tiny liquid metal balloons. When these metal balloons are popped the liquid metal flows out and then rapidly solidifies making electrical connection without requiring heat.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: SAFI-Tech’s technology enables new flexible technologies to be manufactured. The US military is seeking to adopt flexible technology because of the ruggedness, efficiency, and weight reduction that flexible electronics provides. Benefits to the military include the following: sensors for airframes and air structures; displays that can be patched onto a combat uniform while significantly reducing the load soldiers carry; and arrays that are manufactured onto tents, mess hall walls, and other structures that can generate their own power to reduce the logistical load of transporting fuel. The flexible electronics industry has the potential to improve the nation’s competitiveness, address defense and energy needs, and generate high-value employment. Unfortunately, many previous technologies have already been lost to manufacturing abroad, such as fabless chips, compact fluorescent bulbs, LCDs for monitors, mobile phones, lithium batteries, laptops, silicon solar cells, hard disk drives, routers, advanced ceramics, and integrated circuit packaging. The significant investment already made overseas means that flexible electronics may be yet another technology that gets invented here but manufactured elsewhere—even though flexible electronics would have a simpler device structure that lends itself to being manufactured domestically in the US with an advantage in transportation and overall lower cost of ownership.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Website: http://www.safi-tech.com
Booth Number: T608