Jun 27, 2017 | By Tess

Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., a subsidiary of Israeli 3D printed electronics company Nano Dimension Ltd., will be developing 3D printing electronic modules for space. The project will be realized thanks to a grant approval from the Israel Innovation Authority, which will reportedly finance 50 percent of the project’s $87,000 (NIS 309,000) budget.

Nano Dimension will work in partnership with the Harris Corporation, an American technology company, in developing 3D printed electronics for space. The two companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent which lays out the terms of the partnership.

In short, the companies will be working towards manufacturing the first 3D printed, double-sided, multilayer circuits that are capable of distributing “digital, power, and RF signal at the same substrate.” The 3D printed electronic modules have the potential to reduce the weight, power, and overall cost of space systems.

“New high-volume printed RF technology will provide improved reliability and uniformity of space systems by eliminating manual assembly,” says Nano Dimension in a statement.

The Israel Innovation Authority, previously known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy, is tasked with supporting and promoting industrial research and development within Israel. As part of its grant approval for Nano Dimension’s space project, it will supply 50 percent of the $87,000 budget, while Nano Dimension is expected to pay royalties on future sales up to the full grant amount.

Notably, this is not Nano Dimension’s first foray into space-related applications, as earlier this month the Ness Ziona-based company announced it had received a grant from the Israel Innovation Authority to develop unique ceramic materials for 3D printing low-density, high-thickness ceramic objects for use in space.

That project, which has a budget of about $165,000, is being conducted in collaboration with Semplastics LLC, an engineered components supplier. The companies announced they would be using Semplastic’s novel ceramic precursors and Nano Dimension’s 3D inkjet printing technology for the project’s development. NASA, for its part, will eventually test the ceramic 3D printed materials.

Nano Dimension is a leader in 3D printed electronics and is perhaps best known for its breakthrough printed circuit board (PCB) 3D printer, the DragonFly 2020. Over the past year, the Israeli tech company has shown significant growth, raising $4.7 million from investors, launching a 3D bioprinting subsidiary and bringing on former 3D Systems president and CEO Avi Reichental to its board of directors.

 

 

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