Aerosol Jet Printing for Production Applications will be Highlighted

Albuquerque, New Mexico. 16 April 2013:Optomec announced today that the company will feature Aerosol Jet printing for 3D Printed Electronics applications at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe Conference. The conference will be held April 17-18 at the International Conference Centrum Berlin. Aerosol Jet Systems will be showcased in booth # D-6.

Optomec’s exhibit will feature demonstrations of complex mechanical structures that were functionalized using Aerosol Jet 3D printed electronics capabilities. On display will be a working RF antenna and power distribution circuitry directly printed onto an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) wing which itself was printed with the Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. The RF antenna transmits live video from a camera to a remote display monitor. The propeller and LED are powered by circuits also printed on the wing structure with Aerosol Jet. The electrical and sensor designs were provided by Aurora Flight Sciences, a supplier of UAVs.

The Aerosol Jet process creates a highly collimated beam of material that remains tightly focused during its travel from the nozzle to the target substrate. The deposited features can be as small as 10 um or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. Additionally, a wide assortment of materials can be printed such as conductive nano-particle inks and conductive polymers, adhesives, ceramics, and bio-active materials. The nozzle direction and XYZ positioning is controlled by CAD/CAM software which allows conformal printing onto 2.5D substrates which have a high level of surface topography as well as full 3D surfaces. For example, electronic features can be printed onto 3D shapes or into trenches and vias.

The IDTechEx Printed Electronics conference and tradeshow is the World’s largest on the topic and growing rapidly every year. The IDTechEx Printed Electronics tradeshow matches potential adopters with Printed Electronics solution providers. The conference program features a broad range of speakers from industry leaders in healthcare, packaging, advertising/media, military and more. For detailed information on the conference go to http://www.idtechex.com/printed-electronics-europe/pe.asp.

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.