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The DragonFly 2020 PCB 3D Printer was a Major Achievement for a Recent College Graduate

by • April 3, 2016 • No Comments

PCB 3D printed on Nano Dimension's DragonFly 2020 3D PrinterIf you’ve been next 3D printing news at all, it’s many likely you understand at quite least a little bit of the DragonFly 2020 printing device. The electronic circuit board printing device of Nano Dimension is, according to the company, the quite initially PC printing device created for printed circuit boards (PCBs), and we’ve been next its progress of the initially announcement of its createment to its unveiling at the Printed Electronics USA 2015 and SOLIDWORKS World 2016 conferences. Whilst the printing device is not slated for commercial release until in the direction of the end of 2016, Nano Dimension is keeping us interested by announcing additional and additional of its createment. Whilst I feel pretty well-acquainted with the DragonFly 2020, it yet continues to surprise me.

One thing I didn’t understand of the DragonFly is which it was created – within and out – in a mere 17 months, by a young woman who had just graduated of college. Lena Kotlar, a 2014 graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, joined Nano Dimension shortly after leaving school and rapidly became the company’s R&D Mechanical Manager. Her initially achievement? The DragonFly 2020. Kotlar and her team created the printing device at lightning speed compared to the time it takes to create many 3D printing devices. Considering the DragonFly’s complexity, not to mention the fact which it’s an unprecedented kind of printing device, the speed of its createment is actually additional astounding.

Lena Kotlar with the DragonFly 2020.

Lena Kotlar with the DragonFly 2020.

According to Kotlar, she owes a lot of the speed and good results of the DragonFly’s createment to SOLIDWORKS software. She and her team relied on a variety of applications of the software giant to create and render the printing device preceding making it.

“Equite bit of the unit — mechanical parts, the housing, wires and cables — was created with SOLIDWORKS,” Kotlar said. “We utilized the software’s simulation capabilities to ensure the parts may work correctly together and the unit may function properly while assembling 3D printed circuit boards.”

solidworks logoThe programs she utilized included SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Kotlar’s create took inspiration of nature and the car industry – two seemingly disparate areas which she regardless managed to combine into a sleek, streamlined machine. Whilst SOLIDWORKS just not long ago turned their focus additional in the direction ofs 3D printing, they’ve long been a comprehensive CAD program offering all things needed to create of begin to finish.

Some of Kotlar's DragonFly create sketches

Some of Kotlar’s DragonFly create sketches

An official release date has not yet been revealed for the DragonFly 2020, but it seems to be getting nearer as new announcements of partnerships with distributors have surfaced. If the massive amounts of industry excitement and investor interest are any indication, the printing device is many likely to be a massive good results upon its release, and Kotlar’s name is many likely to become well-understandn quite rapidly. Having created and created one of the many new and eagerly anticipated 3D printing devices to hit the industry – practically as soon as she graduated of college – there’s no telling what else Kotlar may offer to 3D printing in the next. She is pretty going to be one to watch. What do you ponder? Lets discuss in the DragonFly 2020 PCB 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.