Talks on Aerosol Jet Micro-scale 3D Printing and Conformal Electronics for the Internet of Things Presented

Albuquerque, New Mexico. 18, March 2015. Optomec announced today that the company showcased Aerosol Jet technology for 3D Printed Electronics applications at the LOPEC International Conference and Exhibition in Munich earlier in March.

The Optomec exhibit featured the company’s family of Aerosol Jet Printers, which 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 company’s newest printer- the Aerosol Jet 5X system for printing conformal electronics onto 3D structures, was also featured at the conference. The new system delivers the precision and flexibility required to produce high resolution 3D printed electronic devices such as conformal antennas, sensors, and other components   for applications in consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace and the Internet of Things.  For more information on Aerosol Jet printing, click here.

In addition to the Exhibition, Optomec gave two presentations during the conference. Dr. Mike Renn, CTO and Director of Optomec’s Advanced Applications Lab presented “Micrometer-scale 3D Printing with Aerosol Jet”. Dr. Renn’s presentation explained how Aerosol Jet is a non-contact printing technique capable of patterning a wide variety of electronic and polymeric materials at the micrometer size scale. Specifically, he discussed how UV light exposure during the printing can substantially cure polymeric materials in-flight, allowing structures to be built up in three dimensions. Aspect ratios of more than 20:1 are achieved with micrometer-scale posts, cylinders, and cones. With robotic manipulation of the print head and target substrate, the 3D features can be fabricated in nearly any orientation including the fabrication of hollow structures such as microbubbles. By co-depositing electronic and polymeric materials it is possible to fabricate hybrid structures. In this case the polymeric materials serve as the mechanical support for nano-metal conductors and other electronic materials.

Mr. Mike O’Reilly, Director of Aerosol Jet Project Management, gave a presentation titled “Empowering the Internet of Things with 3D Printed Sensors and Antennas”.  Mr. O’Reilly’s presentation discussed how the billions of Internet connected devices will require sensors for data capture and antennas for communication, all of which can be manufactured more cost effectively with Aerosol Jet 3D printing technology.

LOPEC is one of the leading conferences and exhibition for the large, rapidly growing market for organic and printed electronics, LOPEC is a business-oriented platform for manufacturers, consumer industries and research institutes. It depicts the entire value chain in key sectors such as the chemicals, printing and electronics industries – from research and development to marketing and tapping new application potential – and it brings together all suppliers, equipment manufacturers, service-providers and end users in the process. For information on LOPEC, click here.

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 175 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit