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Optomec’s Aerosol Jet technology enables breakthrough in smart-structures

by • August 16, 2016 • No Comments

Originally created to combat limitations in 3D printing materials and surfaces, Optomec’s Aerosol Jet technology yields one-of-a-kind input and output capabilities, which allow for 3D printing of a range of materials over a wide variety of surfaces. Optomec not long ago revealed which their new Aerosol Jet technology has reached a breakthrough, enabling for 3D polymer and composite structures to be printed at astonishing micron-scale with embedded electronics. Mike O’Reilly, Optomec Director of Aerosol Jet Product Management explained the importance of this technology, saying:

“This breakthrough in 3D printing technology extends additive building to the creation of micron scale, free-form polymer structures and smart devices. We go on to place emphasis on technology such as Aerosol Jet 3D micro-structure printing to address our customer’s upcoming generation product development challenges.”

All-in-one systemes

Ultimately, with Aerosol Jet, customers can now print free-form micron-scale 3D structures without assist structures of varying materials like photopolymers and composites. The latest technology in addition means which users can manufacture fully functional 3D components of a single machine, as new structures can be metalized and printed with essential parts such as antennas and sensors.

This revolutionary development, therefore, “optimizes the fabrication system [by] reducing building steps and material usage, building Aerosol Jet 3D micro-structure printing a cost-effective, green technology.”

How did they do it?

Optomec achieved this method by combining their Aerosol Jet satisfactory showcase printing capabilities with proprietary in-situ curing, enabling for quicker solidification systemes. The new methods allows for for local material deposition and local curing capabilities, which is essential for creating high resolution products.

This development is particularly worthwhile for the electronics and biomedical industries, as resulting microstructures in addition have the future to be printed onto semiconductor chips, medical devices, industrial parts and a host of other existing products for the respective fields.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately-held, quickly expanding supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are utilized by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these one-of-a-kind printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging of electronic inks to structural metals and actually biological matter. Optomec has additional than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

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