M3D Technology will be featured in the Emerging Technologies TechXPOT,Booth # 8361, July 17 – 19th 2007
Albuquerque, New Mexico July 9, 2007: Optomec announced today that they will showcase the M3D Aerosol Jet Deposition system at SEMICON West at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Optomec’s M3D system is a printable electronics platform that is used in the development and fabrication of next generation devices such as high density traces for photovoltaic cells, flat panel displays, Flex Circuits, PCBs, embedded passives, semiconductor packaging, and even printed biologics. The functional electronics produced by the M3D system can have line widths and pattern features ranging from less than 10 microns to more than one millimeter. M3D systems can further be used to repair production defects and legacy electronics.
The M3D system is able to deposit virtually any material onto any substrate. The process involves aerosolizing an ink (including conductive materials such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, etc., insulating materials, nanoparticle inks, biological matter and more) and then forming an aerodynamically focused jet of the ink droplets. The droplet stream is deposited at specific locations on a substrate through CAD/CAM control, which eliminates the time and cost of creating screens or stencils. This makes the M3D system a cost-effective solution for printing conductive structures. The additive process employed by M3D reduces environmental impact by minimizing the waste and chemicals that are part of more traditional manufacturing processes.
M3D’s ability to print much thinner conductive traces than screenprinting has been used to produce more efficient, lower cost s photovoltaic cells. For embedded passives, the system’s tight volumetric control is well suited for direct printing of resistors without the need for laser trimming.
Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary M3D Aerosol Jet technology and LENS® powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.
LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.
M3D is a registered trademark of Optomec.