Users and Optomec Experts Collaborate on Latest Advancements in Printed Electronics

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 8 June 2012: Recently, Optomec hosted the 2012 US Aerosol Jet User Group meeting at the company’s new Advanced Applications Lab and New Product Development Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The meeting was well attended with Aerosol Jet industrial customers from Aviation Electronic Systems, Consumer Electronics, Wireless Communications, Materials Development, Semiconductor Packaging, Aerospace and Defense, Flat Panel Display, Structural Health Monitoring, and Medical Device companies. In addition, customer from a number of government agencies and US and Canadian universities were in attendance.

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to presentations by Aerosol Jet customers and to product updates by Optomec management. Highlighted customer presentation topics included “New Materials for Printed Polymer Electronics”, Deposition of Ceramic Composites for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications using Aerosol Jet Printing”, “Aerosol Jet Printing of Structured Films”, “Aerosol Jet Printing of a Silver Epoxy Conductive Adhesive for High Density Applications” as well as a number of University presentations. The second day of the meeting was dedicated to Aerosol Jet application workshops covering topics from “Substrate Preparation and Ink Matching”, to “Aerosol Jet Toolpath Programming”, to “Printing Functional Devices”, In this latter workshop users fabricated a functioning hybrid circuit using Aerosol Jet to print silver interconnects with a dielectric layer allowing cross-over circuits, and a resin conductive epoxy for attaching and connecting passive components.

Dave Ramahi, President and CEO of Optomec states that “User Group Meetings provide a collaborative venue for sharing detailed information on how Aerosol Jet systems are being leveraged in new and innovative ways by different industries. This valuable interchange of ideas enables our customers to derive additional benefits from their investment in Optomec solutions.”

Aerosol Jet printed electronic systems have the unique ability to produce a wide range of electronic, structural and biological patterns onto almost any substrate. The proprietary process, which is totally different from ink jet, utilizes aerodynamic focusing to precisely deliver fluid and nanomaterial formulations that as required can be optionally post-treated with a highly focused laser or other sintering methods. The resulting patterns can have features that are less than 10 microns wide, with layer thicknesses from 10’s of nanometers to several microns. Wide nozzle print heads are also available which enable efficient patterning of larger size features and surface coating applications.

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.

Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc. LENS is a trademark of Sandia Laboratories.