The Internet of Things

Optomec helps make consumer and industrial devices smart and connected with 3D Printed sensors and antennas for Internet of Things applications.

Optomec high-volume production solutions can print conformal electronics such as antennas and sensors onto a variety of substrates, making Optomec a key partner for enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices or “things” embedded with the ability to sense, collect, analyze and communicate data. These smart, connected IoT devices take many forms, from wearables and handhelds for mobile users to high-value, electro-mechanical components that drive industrial power turbines and automobiles.

While IoT applications are varied, the common requirement for such “smart connected devices” is an inherent need for sensors (“smart”) and antennas (“connected”). Emerging 3-Dimensional “Direct Write” 3D Printing approaches for creating antennas and sensors enable rapid design and prototyping, reduce manufacturing steps and associated costs, and broaden the choice of materials for producing smart, connected devices on target substrate shapes and materials.

Optomec Aerosol Jet technology is a high volume printing solution for the production of 3D antennas and 3D sensors that are tightly integrated with an underlying product ranging from Smartphones to Industrial Components. With Aerosol Jet systems, customers can print high-precision integrated electronics onto 3D plastic, ceramic and metallic structures at extremely fine resolutions.

Aerosol Jet is used to make consumer and industrial products smart and connected so that they can provide feedback to engineers to improve future designs and to service technicians to proactively maintain products based on their condition. This data on product performance, customer behaviors and environmental factors gives manufacturers unprecedented levels of insight, fundamentally changing the way products are developed, maintained and supported. Since life cycle costs of industrial products can be 10 to 15 times higher than the original equipment purchase cost, smart connected devices offer customers and manufacturers significant potential for cost savings and improved product performance.

Optomec Aerosol Jet technology is a key enabler for smart, connected IoT devices:

  • Prints functional antennas and sensors directly onto 3D parts
  • Prints on plastic, ceramic and metallic substrates
  • Eliminates environmentally-unfriendly plating & use of hazardous materials
  • Reduces manufacturing costs by 20% over conventional methods
  • Scalable for high volume production

High volume production printing of 3D antennas