It has taken numerous years to develop the technology to mass-produce electronics via 3D printing. However, several companies today are working together to construct a new 3D Printed electronics system.
One company in particular, Optomec, has developed the Aerosol Jet process, which applies conductive nano-particle inks onto the component. This technology has helped other companies like German-based Neotech AMT GmbH, to develop the light beam sintering (LBS) 45XE, which is able to produce complex circuitry on almost any 3D surface.
Neotech then took this technology and created a new 3D Printed electronics system based on three key modules: Motion 3D Tool-path Generation Software, 5 axis CNC Motion Platform and Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Print Engine. Dr. Martin Hedges, Managing Director of Neotech states, “This platform will assist customers to develop novel 3D Printed Electronics structures on low temperature substrates. The LBS 45XE has been designed for mass production with low operating costs. The system will be a very useful compliment our current range of 5 axis printing platforms to advance 3D Printed Electronics.”
Today Neotech is using the technology to print 3D antennas for mobile phones and heater patterns for the automotive industry. The new system can print millions of parts and is a low cost solution to mass-producing electronics. Additional applications are being progressed in for Automotive and Industrial markets. To learn more visit: Neotech