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Ultrafast Laser Engraving Method to Fabricate Gravure Plate for Printed Metal-Mesh Touch Panel

Mechanical and System Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, No. 195, Sec. 4, Chung Hsing Road, Chutung, Hsinchu 31040, Taiwan
Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, No. 101, Sec. 2, Kuang Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 6th International Conference of Asian Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (ASPEN2015), Harbin, China, 15–19 April 2015.
Academic Editor: Maria Farsari
Micromachines 2015, 6(10), 1483-1489;
Received: 9 July 2015 / Revised: 17 September 2015 / Accepted: 26 September 2015 / Published: 5 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Laser Micromachining and Microfabrication)
In order to engrave gravure plate with fine lines structures, conventional art used lithography with dry/wet etching. Lithography with dry/wet etching method allows to engrave lines with smooth concave shape, but its disadvantages include difficulty in controlling aspect ratio, high and uniform in large size process, substrate material limitation due to etching solution availability, and process complexity. We developed ultra-fast laser technology to directly engrave a stainless plate, a gravure plate, to be used for fabricating 23 in. metal-mesh touch panel by gravure offset printing process. The technology employs high energy pulse to ablate materials from a substrate. Because the ultra-fast laser pulse duration is shorter than the energy dissipation time between material lattices, there is no heating issue during the ablation process. Therefore, no volcano-type protrusion on the engraved line edges occurs, leading to good printing quality. After laser engraving, we then reduce surface roughness of the gravure plate using electro-polishing process. Diamond like carbon (DLC) coating layer is then added onto the surface to increase scratch resistance. We show that this procedure can fabricate gravure plate for gravure offset printing process with minimum printing linewidth 10.7 μm. A 23 in. metal-mesh pattern was printed using such gravure plate and fully functional touch panel was demonstrated in this work. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultrafast laser; gravure offset printing; gravure plate; metal-mesh touch panel ultrafast laser; gravure offset printing; gravure plate; metal-mesh touch panel
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Chen, W.; Lai, W.; Wang, Y.; Wang, K.; Lin, S.; Yen, Y.; Hocheng, H.; Chou, T. Ultrafast Laser Engraving Method to Fabricate Gravure Plate for Printed Metal-Mesh Touch Panel. Micromachines 2015, 6, 1483-1489.

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