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Wendi Latko of Xerox talks about print as a manufacturing process

Published on April 22, 2010

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Hi.  I'm Gail Nickel-Kailing, WhatTheyThink Going Green and I'm here today with Wendi Latko who is the manager of environmental products and services for Xerox.  And Wendi, I'm going to ask you to put on your fortune tellers hat and think about print as a manufacturing process, not as printing things but as manufacturing things.  Where do you think this can go?  I mean, we could manufacture a lot of different things in the future.

Wendi Latko:  You know, print is a very exciting technology when you think about future applications.  It's got two really neat things going for it.  One is that it's a very well established and relatively cheap process in the world of manufacturing.  The other is that it enables us to apply very interesting structures to sub straights.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  You put stuff on stuff.

Wendi Latko:  Exactly.  In very complicated ways, very complex patterns.  So you're probably aware that currently there is work -- a lot of work being done in the solar collection area.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Right.

Wendi Latko:  Both --

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Right.  Solar films.

Wendi Latko:  Exactly.  Both in the traditional silicon collectors as well as the thin film applications.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Right.

Wendi Latko:  And that continues to grow.  Another exciting application that's potentially out in the future has to do with energy storage.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Ah.

Wendi Latko:  Yeah, we hear a lot --

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Reprinting batteries.

Wendi Latko:  Well we hear a lot of attention, a lot of focus on renewable energy.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Right.

Wendi Latko:  And the big challenge with implementing that on a grid-scale is around storage of those intermittent sources.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Exactly.

Wendi Latko:  It gets dark at night; how do you make sure that you still have electricity at midnight?  So, because of that unique aspect of print that allows those -- the application of those structures to sub straight we can have a very energy dense battery, for example.  So there's a lot of speculation that that's an exciting area that we might see some activity in the print space.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  So you're thinking more along printed electronics?

Wendi Latko:  Electronics.  Batteries.  Fuel cells.  Compositors.  Thinks like that.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Interesting.  I'm fascinated with the ability to -- you know, you're looking at 3D modeling, for instance, which is basically a deposition process that we're using every day in Inkjet.  So we're starting to see some interesting things going that way too.

Wendi Latko:  Right.  Right.

Gail Nickel-Kailing:  Exactly.  Thank you Wendi.

Wendi Latko:  Great.  Thank you Gail.

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