Aerosol Jet Technology: A Breakthrough Solution for Printed Electronics

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 13 January 2009: Optomec announced today that as of January 13, 2009, the deposition systems formerly known as M3D (Maskless Mesoscale Material Deposition) will officially be named “Aerosol Jet systems”. M3D will still be used in technical documents to refer to the underlying technology and Aerosol Jet will now refer to the product name. Optomec has registered the Aerosol Jet trademark and will be using the Aerosol Jet product name from now on.

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet systems are enabling the industry’s first, non-contact fine line printing solution for photovoltaic applications. Fine feature collector lines with widths between 18 um and 60 um have been produced with Aerosol Jet by using new and modified versions of existing screen-printing materials. The narrower, high integrity collector lines have higher conductivity and a lower shadowing effect thereby increasing photovoltaic cell efficiency. And because the process is non-contact, Aerosol Jet systems can print on thinner wafers and with less breakage than screen printing techniques.

Additionally, Aerosol Jet systems are used in the development and fabrication of next generation microelectronic devices. The systems are currently being used to print can also be used to repair production defects and legacy electronics, and further have the flexibility to be used for life science and biomedical applications. The functional electronics produced by the Aerosol Jet systems can have line widths and pattern features to 10 microns and below, and as large as 100 microns or more – successfully bridging the gap between existing screen-printing and thin-film lithography capabilities.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Photovoltaic, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary Aerosol Jet technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.