Optomec Aerosol Jet Systems Featured at International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies

Optomec announced that Jason Paulsen and Dr. Kurt Christenson will give presentations on “High Resolution Conformal Printing with Aerosol Jet Systems” and “Direct Printing of Circuit Boards Using Aerosol Jet Systems”, respectively at the NIP International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies.  The conference is being held from October 2-6 in Minnealpolis, MN.

For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies.  The conference includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

Mr. Paulsen’s poster presentation will explain the Aerosol Jet printing process and discuss how the system can deposit fine features as small as 10 microns wide or large area coatings as thin as 50 nanometers.  Aerosol Jet systems enable deposition of wide assortment of materials including metal nanoparticle inks, dielectrics, polymers, adhesives, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Mr. Paulsen will explain how the Aerosol Jet process can print conformal features onto 3D substrates through its innovative aerodynamic focusing deposition head. Application examples will be presented including  the fabrication of a conformal phased array antenna, conformal  sensors, and conformal 3D interconnects printed on stacked die.  For more information on Aerosol Jet systems, click here.

Dr. Christenson’s presentation, titled “Direct Printing of Circuit Boards Using Aerosol Jet Systems” will discuss how the Aerosol Jet process can replace many of the traditional manufacturing steps and consequently allow circuits to be fabricated on novel substrates and 3D surfaces.  Printed Circuit boards (PCBs) are traditionally fabricated using subtractive technologies such as lithography and etching. Discrete passive and active components are typically attached by pick and place and then connected using wire bonding and soldering. Dr. Christensen will specifically report on recent developments using Aerosol Jet technology to print cross-over interconnects, high tolerance passive components and to electrically attach Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) devices.

In addition to Mr. Paulsen and Dr. Christenson’s presentations, Mingjing Ha (University of Minnesota) will present a poster titled “Low Voltage, Printed, Flexible Circuits for Display and Memory”.  The Aerosol Jet system was used to print the circuits that will be discussed in her presentation.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.

For detailed information on the conference, visit: www.imaging.org/ist/conferences/nip

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