Conformal Printed Antenna
Dual Band Antenna
Mobile device antennas including LTE, NFC, GPS, Wifi, WLAN, and BT have been printed using the Aerosol Jet process and independently tested by a leading cell phone component supplier. Measured antenna performance is comparable to other production methods. The Aerosol Jet printing process is scalable - antennas can be printed on up to 4 cases simultaneously on a single machine. Machine throughput for a typical antenna pattern measuring ~300 mm2 averages 30,000 units per week. For more information on this new process – click here.
3D Printed Electronics for Mil-Aero Applications
The demand for novel consumer and military electronic devices that pack more functionality into less space is driving the need for advanced manufacturing methods that tightly integrate electronic circuitry with physical packaging.
3D Printed UAV Wing
In this example, the Aerosol Jet system was used to print a conformal sensor, antenna, and power and signal circuitry directly onto the wing of a UAV model. The wing itself was 3D printed with the Stratasys. The electrical and sensor designs were provided by Aurora Flight Sciences, a supplier of UAVs. For more information click here to access a paper on 3D Aerosol Jet Printing - Adding Electronics Functionality to RP/RM
Printing 3D Interconnects Video
Aerosol Jet's high velocity dense mist stream enables the system to print vertically along the terraced steps of stacked dies without having to adjust Z-height positioning for eight to sixteen SiP die stacks. Typical 3D interconnects are 25 to 30 microns wide by 5+ microns in height. Total length of the interconnects are approximately 1.5mm long with throughput for a single nozzle reaching up to 5,000 interconnects per hour. The Aerosol Jet print head is highly scalable supporting 2, 3, 5, or more nozzles at a time, pitch dependent, enabling throughputs as high as 25,000 or more interconnects per hour. The print head is equipped with a mechanical shutter for rapid on/off of the print stream and is capable of extended print runtimes of twelve hours or more before ink refill is required. For more information click here to access a IMAPS paper on "Aerosol Jet Printing of High Density, 3-D Interconnects for Multi-Chip Packaging"
6 Axis 3D Printing System
The demand for novel consumer and military electronic devices that pack more functionality into less space is driving development of 3D printed electronics. Applications ranging from System In Package (SiP) used in smart phones and other mobile devices to conformal printed sensors, antennas and EMI shielding used in aerospace and defense products, are all realizing the possibilities of Aerosol Jet conformal printing technology. The unique ability of Aerosol Jet systems to print fine line conformal circuitry on non planar surfaces is a key enabler for fully printed electronics on 3D surfaces. The relatively large stand-off, up to 5mm from the nozzle tip to the substrate, and high velocity particle stream enable the Aerosol Jet material deposition head to print on surfaces with inclines of up to 60 degrees without tilting the head. Printing on higher inclined surfaces can be achieved by tilting the Aerosol Jet print head. Customers have adapted our systems to their specific printed electronics requirements by adding four or five axes of motion along with specific tilt head control
3D Printing with Aerosol Jet
Neotech Services, Optomec's representative in the EU, implemented a 6-axis 3D printing system utilizing Aerosol Jet technology. With this development, Neotech aims to extend Aerosol Jet's unique capabilities towards true 3D Printed Electronics. The installed system can print over complex conformal surfaces and will be used to develop integrated sensor, MID circuit and smart structure applications. The target markets are automotive, industrial and aerospace industries.
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