Mar 28, 2016 | By Benedict
Nano Dimension Ltd. announced today that its Nano Dimension Technologies subsidiary has filed a patent for 3D printing shielded conductors within a printed circuit board (PCB). The 3D printing technology could help prevent electric power loss in PCBs.
Since its inception in 2012, Israeli 3D printing company Nano Dimension has risen to the top of its field; namely, the development of 3D inkjet, 3D software, and nanomaterials. Just last week, the company announced a partnership with FATHOM to bring the Nano Dimension Dragonfly 2020 3D printer to Silicon Valley and surrounding areas, and the company has now signalled its intention to develop further innovative solutions for its 3D printed PCBs, both locally and internationally.
The 3D printing technology for which Nano Dimension has today filed a patent would provide electrics manufacturers with a way of integrating shielded cables within a PCB. This, according to the 3D printing specialist, presents a solution to the phenomenon of electric power loss in PCBs, an undesirable occurrence that can be caused by sub-optimal line width and plating thickness, as well as other factors. By 3D printing sheaths directly around conductors, the new printing method helps to prevent leakage and loss, resulting in a more efficient electronic component.
Nano Dimension’s new 3D printed PCB technology will be marketed primarily within the communications industry, where high speed data transfer is of the utmost importance, enabling rapid server speeds and real-time Big Data implementations. Within technology of this sort, high speed circuitry reaches speeds of 60G-100G. However, PCBs made for the communications industry suffer from losses between conductive traces, and are liable to other restricting factors caused by simultaneously occurring signals. This power loss can hamper the proper function of the PCB, a problem which Nano Dimension has tackled head-on by 3D printing electrically shielded conductive traces.
The novel 3D printing technology uses conductive ink to build a shield along the entire length of a conductor at a minimal distance, embedded within the PCB itself. This close proximity prevents power loss, just as shielded cables external to the PCB currently do. By 3D printing sheaths around the conductors of a PCB, Nano Dimension is also able to significantly reduce the size of each PCB, a highly desirable knock-on effect for manufacturers of communications technology.
Nano Dimension carved out its reputation as an electronics innovator of the highest caliber when it created the Dragonfly 2020, the world’s first 3D printer dedicated to 3D printing multilayer PCBs. The company’s announcement of its newly filed patent saw its stock rise 2.96%, reaching $636 per share.
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