Applications of printed sensors have increased to industrial, consumer electronics, and medical fields with the advancements in the technology of printing and the adaptability of ink. These sensors are used to monitor a variety of measurements, including temperature, humidity, strain, and sweat, with different systems. This paper studies the performance characteristics of additively printed strain sensors using a nScrypt machine with a direct-write printing technique. The ink used in this study is silver ink which is thermally cured and also has a solderable property. The thermal curing temperature and trace width of the printed silver trace is optimized for better performance in the strain measurements, shear load to failure, and resistivity. Once the printing characteristics of the trace are defined, strain gauges are printed on printed wiring boards (PWB) and are tested at different loading and temperature environments. The sustainability and repeatability of the sensor measurements at high-stress conditions are studied using combined temperature and vibration loads of up to 50 degrees Celsius and 10g acceleration levels. The strain characteristics of the printed strain gauges are studied by comparing them to a commercial strain gauge at a similar position on the test substrate. The repeatability and variation of the strain profile are studied with different conditions of temperature and acceleration conditions at different time instants during vibration. The gauge factor of the printed strain gauge is quantified using a 3-point bending experiment with printed and commercial strain gauges at symmetrical locations of the substrate.

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