Optomec Showcases Mass Production 3D Printing Technology at Printed Electronics Conference

LITE-ON to Present Printing of 3D Shaped Conductive Traces in Mass Production at Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed electronics and metals, announced today that the company will showcase its Aerosol Jet 3D printing technology used for mass production of handheld consumer electronic devices at the IDTechEx conference in Europe. Examples of smart electronic devices printed by several Aerosol Jet customers will be on display in the Optomec booth along with a video showing mass production of 3D printed electronics at the LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical SBG (LITE-ON) factory in Guangzhou, China. The IDTechEx conference will be held April 27-28th at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Optomec will be in booth #F12.


Also, Mr. Henrik Johansson, Senior Manager, Technology Development Antennas at LITE-ON, will deliver a presentation at the conference titled "Printing of 3D Shaped Conductive Traces in Mass Production" at 8:30 on Thursday in Room 2. In his talk Mr. Johansson will present the challenges and solutions to bring this process into 24/7 mass production, as well as explain the benefits of this novel production process.

Optomec Aerosol Jet technology is used by a wide variety of industries to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens or plating. Optomec solutions for printed electronics are based on its industry proven Aerosol Jet technology for printing conformal electronic circuitry and components onto 3D structures. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system, including conductive nanoparticle inks, polymers and epoxies, along with dielectrics, ceramics and bioactive materials. For more information on Optomec solutions for 3D printed electronics click here.

In addition, Mr. Mike O'Reilly, Director, Aerosol Jet Product Management at Optomec, will give a presentation titled "Fully Printed Conformal Antennas and Sensors on 3D Plastic, Ceramic, and Metallic Substrates" at 14:50 on Thursday in Hall C. In his presentation Mr. O'Reilly will discuss the growing demand for antennas and sensors directly integrated into products including smartphones, wearables, structural components, and IoT related products. Conformal 3D antennas and sensors using a direct write approach enables higher fidelity monitoring of structures, faster product design and prototyping, while also broadening the choice of substrate materials.

Also, Mr. Ken Vartanian, Vice President of Marketing at Optomec, will give a presentation titled "A Hybrid Approach to Accelerate Adoption of Metal 3D Printing" at 14:00 on Thursday in Room 4. In his presentation Mr. Vartanian will discuss how the high cost to acquire metal additive manufacturing systems, along with other factors, is a barrier to industrial adoption of this technology. He will then present progress made by an Optomec led team that reduces capital acquisition costs by more than 50% by packaging LENS metal 3D printing technology into modular print engine for integration into CNC machine tools, work cells and robots. For more information on Optomec additive manufacturing solutions, click here.

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe is the world's largest event series focused on printed and flexible electronics, with more than 200 exhibitors covering all the technologies throughout the entire supply chain.

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 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, click here.

LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec Inc.

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