Article Highlights Potential for Merging Printed Electronics with 3D Printers

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2 August 2012:Optomec announced today that The Economist published an article entitled “Print Me a Phone – New techniques to Embed Electronics into Products” in their July 28th print edition. The article discusses how the Optomec patented Aerosol Jet printer can be used to incorporate electronics directly on or inside the structural material that a product is made from, such as the wing of an aircraft or the casing of a cell phone. The article goes on to discuss how Aerosol Jet technology when combined with 3D Printers, which are used to additively manufacture plastic or metal structures, will make it possible to print an entire product in a single machine, instead of assembling an item from many separate components made on many different systems. Today, the Aerosol Jet Printer can already be applied at individual stages of existing mass-production processes, such as printing sensors and antennae onto mobile devices. Click here to read the article in full.

David Ramahi, Optomec President/CEO states “The Economist is a prominent international publication and Optomec is honored that they chose to feature Aerosol Jet printing in their recent edition. The unique ability of Aerosol Jet systems to print electronics directly onto 3D surfaces makes it an ideal solution for reducing the size and weight of consumer electronics, as well as many specialty products. Printing electronic components and circuitry directly on or inside the physical shell of a product eliminates the need for separate printed circuit boards and cabling thereby enabling further miniaturization, and simplifying manufacturing, assembly and logistics processes. Mass production applications of this solution are less than a year away.”

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.