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New Technology Reported to Enable Continuous 3D Printing of Electronic Circuitry
Nano Dimension's DragonFly LDM is said to provide lights-out digital manufacturing in low volumes
NESS ZIONA, Israel/MUNICH, Germany–Nano Dimension, Ltd., recently introduced its new DragonFly Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) printing technology, reported to be the industry’s “only comprehensive additive manufacturing platform for round-the-clock 3D printing of electronic circuitry.” The initial deployment took place at the Munich facility of sensor and defense electronics provider Hensoldt.
The unique DragonFly LDM system is designed for Industry 4.0 and manufacturing for the Internet of Things. It is the extension of Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro precision system, which is dedicated to printing electronic components such as multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), antennas, capacitors, and sensors, Nano Dimension said in a press release.
Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) is a manufacturing methodology in which systems run with little to no human intervention, around the clock. In the case of additive manufacturing, Nano Dimension said that LDM means DragonFly users can 3D-print more functioning electronic circuitry faster, extending the DragonFly’s rapid prototyping capabilities and increasing opportunities for short-run, small volume manufacturing of printed electronics. Nano Dimension’s DragonFly LDM is said to extend 3D printing for printed electronics beyond prototyping to true in-house, lights-out digital manufacturing, enabling one-off prototypes and low-volume manufacturing of printed electronics.
The DragonFly LDM is reported to augment the capabilities of the award-winning DragonFly Pro system with new, proprietary, state-of-the-art technology that enables 24/7 uninterrupted 3D printing. Improvements include the optimization of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and significantly improved workflow and production processes of 3D printed electronics.
Nano Dimension said that the technology combines new, advanced printer-head software management algorithms with an automatic self-cleaning of its print heads every few hours. The new system is equipped with real-time automatic material monitoring capabilities that are reported to ensure maximized runtime. The new technology minimizes the frequency and duration of scheduled downtime to typically just one weekly maintenance operation, according to Nano Dimension.
Hensoldt started working with a DragonFly system in 2016 to examine the possibilities of 3D printing electronics and is still active in this innovative field of technology. For Hensoldt, the implementation of the new LDM system significantly reduces the time and cost for realizing circuits, which are often needed as fast as possible.
“The DragonFly LDM is a necessary evolutionary step up from the DragonFly Pro, enabling low-volume manufacturing of electronic circuits fast and easy to do in-house, with minimal operator time,” said Andreas Salomon, project leader for 3D printed electronics at Hensoldt, in a statement. “It will be a great addition for Hensoldt, enabling us to develop innovative applications faster and with far better machine availability and lower maintenance than ever before.”
Amit Dror, CEO and co-founder of Nano Dimension, said that the DragonFly LDM is designed to help Nano Dimension’s customers “prepare for Industry 4.0. and stay competitive in a world that demands electronic devices with increasingly sophisticated features.” The DragonFly LDM is available through Nano Dimension’s global sales channel.
“Like its predecessor, the DragonFly Pro, it’s the first of its kind on the market, carefully designed for both ease-of-use and even more agile, faster, and affordable 3D printing of functional circuitry,” Dror said in a statement. “We’re confident that the LDM system will provide best-in-class additive manufacturing of printed electronics on the market, making it possible for companies to be more innovative, improve productivity and reliability, lower costs, and reduce time-to-market.”
Hensoldt (https://www.hensoldt.net) is a pioneer of technology and innovation in defense and security electronics. The company is known for expertise in civilian and military sensor technology.
Nano Dimension (www.nano-di.com) is an innovative electronics provider that is aiming to disrupt, reshape, and define the future of how cognitive connected products are made. With its unique 3D printing technologies, the company is targeting the growing demand for electronic devices that require increasingly sophisticated features.
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