Optomec Additive Manufacturing Solutions: Aerosol Jet

Optomec’s Additive Manufacturing Aerosol Jet solutions are spearheading the next generation in Electronics, Energy, Life Science and Aerospace/Defense manufacturing!

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Optomec Aerosol Jet 200 Series for printing electronics
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Optomec Aerosol Jet 200 Series System

Aerosol Jet 200 Series Systems are ideally suited for universities, ink developers, and others exploring the benefits of additive manufacturing for electronic applications.

 Applications

Aerosol Jet 200 series systems provide a professional grade, compact benchtop print solution specifically developed for printing electronics.

Example applications for the Aerosol Jet 200 Series include:

  • Curriculum development and delivery
  • Development of new Inks and other materials
  • Print process development
  • New product development
  • Advanced biologics R&D

What is Aerosol Printing?

Aerosol Jet printing is an additive manufacturing solution that reduces the overall size of electronic systems by using nanomaterials to produce fine feature circuitry and embedded components without the use of masks or patterns. The resulting functional electronics can have line widths and pattern features ranging from 10’s of microns to centimeters, successfully bridging the gap between existing screen-printing and thin-film lithography capabilities.

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet printed electronic systems are used in the development and fabrication of next generation microelectronic devices. The system can also be used to repair production defects and legacy electronics, and further has the flexibility to be used for life science and biomedical applications.

How Does the Aerosol Process Work?

Optomec Aerosol Jet Printers are used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. Click the video below to see the Aerosol process at work.

Standard Features

  • Work area 200mm x 200mm
  • X,Y motion +/- 25 microns accuracy
  • One Ultrasonic Atomizer
  • Fine Feature Head with Shutter
  • Heated Vacuum Platen
  • System and Process Control Software
  • Tool Path Generation Software

Optional Features

  • One Pneumatic Atomizer with heater/stirrer
  • Swappable Wide Feature Head with Shutter
  • Manual Tilt for Fine Feature Head

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Applications

  • Curriculum development and delivery
  • Development of new Inks and other materials
  • Print process development
  • New product development
  • Advanced biologics R&D

Print Capabilities

  • Fine Feature sizes to 10um
  • Wide Features Sizes to 1.5mm
  • Thin layer deposits from 100nm
  • Many inks and substrates
  • Ink viscosity range from 1-7 cP (Standard)
  • Ink viscosity range from 1-1000 cP (with Pneumatic Atomizer)
  • Planar and Non-Planar Capabilities

Dr. Mike Renn, Optomec Chief Technology Officer, states, “The miniaturized Aerosol Jet print head can be used for many applications. As a linear array using a single material, it is a means for increasing throughput with simple parallel processing for high volume applications, such as printed touch screen displays. However, the array doesn’t have to be linear; custom placement of multiple print heads for a specific application is also an option. Looking into the future, Aerosol Jet could print different materials from each miniaturized print head in the array. In this case, Aerosol Jet Printers could produce complex multi-material, multi-layered devices such as transistors, capacitors, sensors and resistors, on a single system.”

For more information about Optomec Metal 3D Printers, call us at 1-800-338-2238 or email info@TECedu.com.