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Optomec Announces Aerosol Jet Technology to Print Electronics at Micron Level

by • August 16, 2016 • No Comments

OPTOMEC_300Examining a snapshot of the 3D printing industry, it may seem that the system of via a high-tech machine to deposit layer after layer of materials and manufacture a prototype or part shot to the forefront of the industrial world—as well as the desktop—and and so just go ond to accelerate. Before you can get utilized to one thought, another mind-boggling innovation or evolution of the last one is put in front of you; for instance, remember not too long ago when you found that not just may we manufacture 3D printed parts, employing a long list of rad new benefits, but we may in addition embed electronics inside? We’ve followed a long list of companies involved in this area of innovation, of dedicating 3D printing equipment solely to electronics to specialized conductive materials and inks.


Mike O’Reilly of Optomec

Propelling the thought of integrating 3D printing and electronics ahead substantially additional, now Optomec has revealed that their famed Aerosol Jet Technology can be printing embedded electronics at the micron scale. This is a new benefit being heaped on all the others that clients around the world are may already already enjoying with Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Technology, that we’ve followed continually, of global expanses and uses to its role in 3D direct printing.

Now, the major supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed electronics and 3D printed metals can be offering this new capability to their clients, enabling for actually excellenter affordability and high end in products for both electronics and the biomedical industry. According to Optomec’s new press release, this is possible through a combination of the innovation’s current satisfactory showcase printing with a ‘proprietary in-situ curing capability for rapid on-the-fly solidification.’

The new system breaks away of tradition in 3D printing as it relies on both local deposition and local curing. Due to this, the user can find excellenter affordability, less usage and waste of materials, and most of all: magnificent resolution.

“This breakthrough in 3D printing innovation extends additive manufacturing to the creation of micron scale, free-form polymer structures and smart devices,” said Mike O’Reilly, Optomec Director Aerosol Jet Product Management. “We go on to place emphasis on innovation such as Aerosol Jet 3D micro-structure printing to address our customer’s future generation product development challenges.”

This should acquire really a lot of immediate attention of the specialized group of innovators inside the 3D printing space interested in 3D printing with electronics as now they can appear forward to creating ‘free-form 3D structures at the micron-scale,’ and without assists.


Aerosol Jet 3D Printed Micro-structure revealing freestanding, millimeter wave dipole antenna”. [Photo: Optomec]

The Aerosol Jet 3D micro-structure printing system was explained overall in excellenter additional detail in a paper, ‘Aerosol based direct-write micro-additive fabrication method for sub-mm 3D metal-dielectric structures.’ Here, researchers outline the specific uses for this new and versatile innovation:

“Electronic structures at sub-mm length scale are of excellent interest to be utilized as passives as well as antennas for wireless high-speed data transfer for emerging applications such as wearable devices, biometric devices, on-chip electronics for chip-to-chip, and intra-chip communication.”

Optomec states that this innovation can be utilized with materials such as photopolymers and a range of specific composites.

“Additionally, the resulting structures can be metallized with conformal 3D conductive traces and printed functional components, such as antennas and sensors, to turn it into fully functional 3D components all in one manufacturing machine,” states Optomec. “This direct digital approach optimizes the fabrication system, reducing manufacturing steps and material usage manufacturing Aerosol Jet 3D micro-structure printing a cost-effective, green innovation.”

The Optomec team points out that due to its capability for printing ultra-high resolutions with lateral showcases sizes down to 10 microns, and lateral and vertical create resolutions of 1 micron to 100 nanometers, users are offered most excellent new options in 3D printing, with a few actually achieving aspect ratios of additional than 100:1.

Further advantages of this approach include:

Structures can be printed on just of any surface geometry by manipulating the tilt and rotation of the print headOverhangs and closed cells can be printed directly, without via sacrificial assist structuresCo-deposition of electronic and assist materials can be utilized for fabricating 3D circuitsComposite materials can be printed, that empowers tailoring of the mechanical and electrical properties of the 3D structures.

You can find out additional of Optomec and their Aerosol Jet Technology here, and if you’d like to read additional of the white paper discussing the aerosol based direct-write micro-additive fabrication method, see here. Discuss additional over in the Optomec Technology Embeds Micro Electronics forum at 3DPB.com.