M3D Technology will be featured in the Extreme Electronics Area- Booth # 8728, July 15 – 17th 2008

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10 July 2008: Optomec announced today that they will showcase the M3D Aerosol Jet Deposition system at SEMICON West at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Optomec’s M3D system is a printable electronics solution that is used in the development and fabrication of next generation electronic devices such as high efficiency solar cells, flat panel displays, Flex Circuits, PCBs, embedded passives, semiconductor packaging, and even printed biologics. The functional electronics produced by the high resolution M3D print system can have line widths and pattern features ranging from less than 10 microns to more than one millimeter.

The M3D system is able to deposit virtually any material onto any substrate. The low temperature process begins with aerosolizing an ink (including conductive materials such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, etc., insulating materials, nanoparticle inks, biological matter and more). The aerosolized material is then focused through nozzles in a patented deposition head to form an aerodynamically focused droplet jet stream. The droplet stream is deposited at specific locations on a substrate through CAD/CAM control, which eliminates the time and cost of creating hard tooling such as photomasks, screens or stencils. This makes the M3D system a cost-effective green-tech solution for printing conductive structures. The additive process employed by the M3D system reduces environmental impact by minimizing the waste and chemicals that are part of more traditional subtractive manufacturing processes.

Recently, IDTechEX selected M3D Aerosol Jet as the “Best New Manufacturing Technology for the Production of High Efficiency Solar Cells”. M3D Aerosol Jet is able to print narrower collector lines than screen printing thereby reducing the shadowing effect and increasing cell efficiency. For embedded passives, the system’s tight volumetric control is well suited for direct printing of resistors without the need for laser trimming.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary M3D Aerosol Jet technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.

M3D is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.