Oct 22, 2015 | By Benedict
ChemCubed, an additive manufacturing specialist based at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Center, have teamed up with Direct Color Systems, a producer of small and mid-format UV LED printers, to introduce ElectroUV3D, a “versatile, max-volume, small-format UV LED flatbed inkjet printer for digitally printing conductive liquids,” which is able to print at a thickness of 3-4 inches.
The ElectroUV3D printer, which the two companies believe represents the next generation of UV LED flatbed inkjet printers, allows users to print conductive ink, enabling the production of electrically conductive, support, and insulating materials.
The ability to 3D print conductive inks and materials has, for some time, been seen as an essential component of future additive manufacturing endeavours. Back in January, we reported on a 3D printer developed by Voxel8 which can embed electronic devices into its printed objects using conductive materials. Even further back, in December 2013, we reported that Apple had filed a patent for an inkjet printer able to print conducive ink onto 3D objects. This use of conducive ink eliminates the need for complex wiring, reduces the number of printed parts required for a given object, and drastically reduces the number of steps involved in producing various electronic devices.
ChemCubed and Direct Color Systems believe their ElectroUV3D printer to be the superior product of its kind on the market. The printer provides fine detail deposition of conductive liquids, and is able to print circuitry directly onto PCB boards or for stand alone printing. This, combined with its capability for low temperature sintering, allows multi-layer electronic components to be printed with ease, speed, and quality.
Direct Color Systems has been producing their range of Direct Jet UV LED printers for some time now, and the key features of those models have been integrated into the ElectroUV3D. In addition to these trusted elements, new features such as compatibility with ChemCubed jettable liquids, a range of multi-layer processes, and electronic component printing, make the ElectroUV3D a machine of great creative and technological potential.
"It is a 3D printer capable of building up to 3-4 inches of hight. It is made to order with different options," said Dan Slep, Chief Technology Officer for ChemCubed. "It also has the capability to print circuitry for flexible electronics on Kapton and Multi layer rigid circuitry for stand alone printing or on FR4 board."
“We are very excited about the opportunity that this release provides to our industry,” added Slep. “The ChemCubed jettable liquids are calibrated to print with this system and provide better resolution than mechanical and lamination processes.”
Select technical specifications of the ElectroUV3D printer:
- On-demand inkjet (Micro Piezo) 8-channel head with 180 nozzles/inch/channel
- Up to 5060 x 1440 dpi
- Conductive, support, and insulating materials
- 1 hour 10 minutes to produce a bi-directional 8" x 10" (203mm x 254mm) area at 1440 x 720 dpi at High Speed
- 3 hours 6 minutes to produce a bi-directional 10" x 24" (254mm x 610 mm) area at 1440 x 720 dpi at High Speed
- Maximum print sizes of (e.g.) 10" x 24" (254mm x 610mm) and 10" x 18" (254mm x 457mm)
- Print thickness options including: 0" to 15" (381mm) / 0" to 6" (152mm) / 0" to 4" (102mm) / 0" to 2" (51mm)
- Weight dependent on model, from 241 lbs. (109kg) to 221 lbs. (100 kg)
Posted in 3D Printing Application
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X wrote at 10/22/2015 3:01:53 PM:
My God, the build times on this device will be insane!