New Printhead Ideal for Depositing Large Conductive Features, Thin Film Coatings, Component Encapsulation and More

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 21 June 2011:Optomec, the world leader in high performance additive manufacturing systems, today announced availability of the Aerosol Jet 3MM Wide Nozzle Printhead. The 3MM Wide Nozzle Printhead is the first in a planned family of new hardware which enables non-contact, room temperature printing of large features in a single pass. The Aerosol Jet Wide Nozzle Printhead is an extension of Optomec’s revolutionary fine-feature printing technology that is used to produce geometries as small as 10-microns. The new 3MM Printhead is ideally suited for large conductive features, (busbars, backplanes), large area thin film coatings, selective coatings (insulators, cross over circuits), fuel cells, conformal antennae, component encapsulation, and Molded Interconnect Devices.

Using a series of standard interchangeable size nozzles, the 3MM Wide Nozzle Print Head can produce geometries from ca. 0.3mm to 1.5mm wide, with layer thickness ranging from ca. 100nm to 10’s of microns. As with all Aerosol Jet solutions, a broad range of material types are supported, including conductive pastes and nanoparticle inks, dielectrics, polymers, masking materials and even biomaterials; all of which can be precisely deposited onto planar and 3-dimensional surfaces. The Sprint Series 3MM Wide Nozzle head with independent atomizer and head technology provides maximum flexibility in material selection ideal for rapid prototype development. The Marathon series 3MM Wide Nozzle Head with integrated atomizer and head technology provides maximum process control ideal for production applications.

Mike O’Reilly, Aerosol Jet Product Manager states “Selective and wide area coating applications have been driven by our installed customer base. Our customers have completed successful field trials using new 3MM Wide Nozzle technology and we are pleased to offer this expanded capability within our family of Aerosol Jet printhead solutions.”

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.