Aerosol Jet Printing for low and high volume 3D electronics applications will be highlighted

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 4 December 2012:Optomec announced today that Mike O’Reilly, Optomec Aerosol Jet Product Manager, will give a presentation titled “Scaling 3D Printed Electronics for Manufacturing” in the 3D Printing Track at the IDTechEx Conference.. The conference will be held December 5-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. Aerosol Jet Systems will be showcased in booth # K-04.

Mr. O’Reilly will discuss how increased demand for smaller, lighter weight end products with increased performance is driving the Electronics Industry from discrete to embedded electronics. For low volume military applications, electro-mechanical sub-assemblies or even complete devices may be manufactured entirely by 3D printing techniques. For higher volume applications, 3D Printed Electronics may be combined with traditional manufacturing techniques, such as injection molding, to produce smaller and lower cost end products. Mr. O’Reilly will discuss these trends and provide examples of 3D Printed Electronics application currently in early development within the Aerospace, Consumer Electronics and Automotive industries.

The Aerosol Jet process creates a highly collimated beam of material that remains tightly focused during its travel from the nozzle to the target substrate. The deposited features can be as small as 10 um or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. Additionally, a wide assortment of materials can be printed such as conductive nano-particle inks and conductive polymers, adhesives, ceramics, and bio-active materials. The nozzle direction and XYZ positioning is controlled by CAD/CAM software which allows conformal printing onto 2.5D substrates which have a high level of surface topography as well as full 3D surfaces. For example, electronic features can be printed onto 3D shapes or into trenches and vias.

The IDTechEx Printed Electronics conference and tradeshow is the World’s largest on the topic and growing rapidly every year. The IDTechEx Printed Electronics tradeshow matches potential adopters with Printed Electronics solution providers. The conference program features a broad range of speakers from industry leaders in healthcare, packaging, advertising/media, military and more. For detailed information on the conference go to:

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D 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 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries