Production Grade 3D Printing

Optomec is disrupting the world of additive manufacturing by enabling new dimensions in 3D printing. Our systems provide production grade/production scale printing of fully functional end-use devices. Our printers’ innovative technologies support a range of materials, and are able to implement feature sizes never before possible. With Optomec, the promise of high-volume additive manufacturing is a reality today, transforming how companies design, build and maintain critical parts and products.

Optomec printing solutions are designed to co-exist within current manufacturing processes, delivering value while leveraging existing capital assets. Our patented LENS and Aerosol Jet technologies deliver the benefits of 3D printing with new levels of efficiency and performance. Optomec 3D printers are ideal for applications requiring high-volume, reliable use of structural and conductive metals and other materials for production and repair of functional products in high-growth segments such as:

  • Military/aerospace parts development and repair
  • Embedded electronics in consumer products
  • Semiconductor and PCB packaging
  • Emerging applications in bio, health sciences and energy

With a Material Difference that:

  • Lowers overall production costs by reducing costs of materials and assembly
  • Streamlines time-to-market for design and repair
  • Enables higher functionality products that are smaller and lighter weight
  • Produces superior structural performance and reliability
  • Increases design and manufacturing flexibility
  • Offers a full range of use models, from prototyping to repair/replacement to full production
  • Integrates within traditional production environments
  • Reduces environmental impact

Unique Technology for Two Core Product Lines

AerosolJetPrinters

Aerosol Jet® Printers for Electronics

The Aerosol Jet printers use proprietary technology to enable the 3D printing of micron-scale electronics in high volume and in a variety of structural use models, including printing circuitry on other surfaces or products. Our printers have been proven to meet the functionality, volume and cost demands of 3D antennas in cellphones, and are also used for the interconnect of electronic components within 3D IC or PCB applications.Learn More

LENSPrinters

LENS® Printers for Metals

The LENS family of printers uses high power and highly accurate laser technology to print a wide range of metals with new levels of precision, complexity and structural flexibility. These printers are widely used for rapid prototyping and full-scale production of complex metal components in military and aerospace markets, as well as for the repair/replacement of parts requiring virtually any type of metal combination and finishing requirement.Learn More

Core Applications

Printed Antennas

PrintedAntennas
A wide range of mobile device antennas, including LTE, NFC, GPS, Wifi, WLAN, and BT, can be printed in volume using the Aerosol Jet process, enabling a cost-effective, scalable approach
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Semiconductor & PCB

SemiconductorPCB
Aeroseol Jet enables print die & component attach, underfill and component encapsulation, and 3D interconnects which require feature sizes as small as 10 microns to millimeters
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Metal Part Repair

metal-parts
Optomec LENS 3D printing solutions can be used for materials discovery, functional prototyping, manufacturing and hybrid manufacturing, surface coatings, rework and repair.
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Emerging Applications

IoT

Optomec printers are helping enable the sensing and communications technologies behind the Internet of Things, meeting demanding cost, feature size and volume requirements.

Optomec Customers

“Aerosol Jet printing allows for sensors to be embedded within energy devices to monitor temperature, strain, etc. This can provide important feedback during operation of the device. The combination of Aerosol Jet printing with photonic curing will allow us to print and then cure high temperature materials on low temperature substrates such as paper or plastic. We are very excited about the possibilities this will open up in the area of high performance printed electronics.”
Dr. Denis Cormier, Professor Rochester Institute of Technology
“The Aerosol Jet 200 system is an excellent prototyping and development tool. My research group relies on it essentially every day for our work in printed electronics. It’s easy to use, and it prints just about anything. My students love it!”
Prof. Dan Frisbie, University of Minn
“Re-establishing America’s global competitiveness is dependent upon a new generation of technicians and engineers trained in advanced manufacturing technologies. The LENS 450 system is an excellent tool to conduct basic and applied research, and for training students on industry proven technology for metal Additive Manufacturing.”
Prof. C. Isaac Garcia, University of Pittsburgh
“Although our technical achievement is significant enough to garner an academic award, the work was done with materials and Aerosol Jet equipment that are at production scale. In addition to the cost reduction from avoiding lithography, the fact that the deposition is near room temperature opens the door to many inexpensive and flexible substrates.”
Dr. Wu-Sheng Shih, Lead scientist Brewer Science
“LENS has already proven itself as a powerful tool for use in repair and refurbishment applications. We intend to build upon this success to create solutions that will provide the means to both accelerate and validate these processes, and will, together with our Machining Applications Lab, develop hybrid machining techniques that explore how currently insular processes may be combined to provide cost, quality and time benefits.”
Dr. Tom Maloney, Director of Technology, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
“Bringing together 3D printing and printed electronic circuitry will be a game changer for design and manufacturing. “It has the potential to completely streamline production by requiring fewer materials and steps to bring a product to market.”
Jeff DeGrange, VP of direct digital manufacturing, Stratasys
“To reduce manufacturing cost and meet high consumer demand, display substrate sizes are increasing which directly increases the number of defects per panel. We selected the Aerosol Jet Print Engine because of its unique fine line printing capability that enables our customers to increase production yields and improve repair quality at a lower repair cost/unit.”
Mr. Kenji Kuga, General Manager, Micronics Japan Corp.
“Our market research brought us to the conclusion that Optomec is the market leader offering the most mature technology and the best technical and maintenance support. The proven capability to process titanium to aerospace industry standards was also a strong recommendation. The professionalism and openness of the sales staff inspired confidence in Optomec as a company and partner.”
Herman Burger, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
“Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet printing system reduces the size of electronic systems by using nano-materials to produce fine feature circuitry, embedded components and miniaturized devices. It offers cost, size and functional advantages, including an ability to produce electronic features that are 10 -100 times smaller than competing methods such as screen-printing, inkjet industrial printing and thick film lithography. These advantages prove to be the key differentiator for Optomec’s Aerosol Jet printing in comparison to competing solutions, such as ink jet and wire bonding, as well as through silicon via (TSV) technology.”
Sunanda Jayanth, Frost & Sullivan
“The Aerosol Jet system plays a key role in ensuring the digital printing of fine traces of conductor and dielectric materials on flat and 3D surfaces. The system enables our customers to manufacture advanced printed CMOS devices, thermal sensors, and passive components such as RLC filters.”
Christophe Serbutoviez, PICTIC Platform Director, CEA-Liten
“The Aerosol Jet system at Innovation Lab is used to develop new manufacturing processes for a number of different printed electronics applications. Aerosol Jet systems offer the opportunity to deposit fluids that could otherwise mainly be processed using spin coating. The Aerosol Jet system enables us to create structured layers of these fluids rather than full layers.”
Kai Sudau, Senior Researcher, Innovation Lab
“The ability to fabricate functional electronics into complex-shaped structures using additive manufacturing can allow Unmanned Air Vehicles to be built more quickly, with more customization, potentially closer to the field where they’re needed. All these benefits can lead to efficient, cost-effective fielded vehicles.”
David Kordonowy, Leader Aerostructures Research Group, Aurora Flight Sciences.
“We selected the Optomec LENS system thanks to its industry-leading capability in laser additive manufacturing. The combination of the LENS process with the ThermaViz system has provided a significant benefit to our team speeding materials research and development”
Dr. Kathy Flores, Professor Washington University.

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