Sep 5, 2014

The current 3D printers can fabricate objects from plastics, metals, ceramics, etc, but they haven't yet been widely used to produce electronics. Currently several companies are working on using 3D printing to produce electronic components and products. Germany-based Neotech AMT GmbH, which began developing this novel technology in 2006 announced in July the release of a new 3D Printed Electronics system, the LBS 45XE, which is capable of production complex circuitry on almost any 3D surface.

Another company, Optomec, today announced the availability of the Aerosol Jet 5X system for printing 3D electronics. The Aerosol Jet 5X platform was specifically developed to enable a new generation of lighter weight, high performance micro-electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, and sensors, all of which are used within the Internet of Things. Its Aerosol Jet technology delivers the unique ability to print fine-feature electronic, structural and biological patterns onto almost any substrate.

The precision and flexibility of the Aerosol Jet 5X system is ideal to produce high resolution 3D printed electronics such as resistors, capacitors, antennas, sensors, batteries, thin film transistors, fuel cells etc.

The Aerosol Jet 5x system comes with 5 axes of coordinated print motion. Using its patented material input and aerodynamic deposition capabilities, the Aerosol Jet 5X can print feature sizes ranging from 10 microns on up to millimeters in width. The system supports a wide variety of functional materials, including conductive inks, dielectrics, polymers and adhesives and can deposit these materials on low temperature substrates enabling a range of applications.

Standard Features

  • Work area 200mm x 300mm x 200mm
  • X,Y,Z motion system +/- 10 microns accuracy per stage
  • Two Sprint Atomizers
  • One Sprint Fine Feature Deposition Head with Heater and Shutter
  • Interchangeable Sprint Wide Feature Deposition Head with Shutter
  • System and Process Control Software
  • Tool Path Generation Software
  • Stainless Steel Cabinet with Granite Table Top
  • CE

3D printed antenna

3D Printing these components and circuits eliminates the requirement for mounting and soldering physical devices to a carrier board and the need for physical masks and tooling which reduces time to market and lowers the cost for design revisions.

Aerosol Jet 5X systems are currently shipping with initial installations in North America.


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Proteus wrote at 9/6/2014 3:56:47 PM:

Just watch this tech grow and grow. I'm looking forward to seeing the future of this.

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