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Optomec Introduces 20-micron Print Process Production System for Electronics Packaging
Optomec's Aerosol Jet HD System can be used to make stacked die printed interconnects. (Photo: Optomec)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.–Optomec's new Aerosol Jet HD 3D system for electronics packaging is designed to address today's most demanding electronics packaging challenges, including the increasing density of electronic components. Launched at the IPC APEX Expo and conference in San Diego in February, the Aerosol Jet HD System is a compact, configurable production platform that can dispense a wide range of electronics materials with features as small as 20 microns, according to a release from Optomec. The system is also said to produce larger features, from hundreds of microns to millimeters in a single pass, and print wide-area conformal coatings from 100 nanometers to tens of microns in thickness.
The Aerosol Jet HD System is based on Optomec's patented Aerosol Jet technology, a fine-feature material deposition method used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or subtractive post-processing. Based on the next generation of Optomec's production-proven Aerosol Jet print engine, coupled with in-line automation, the HD System can handle a variety of substrate sizes and compositions, the company said. It is reported to provide high-resolution printed electronics for today's most demanding advanced packaging applications, such as 3D interconnects, conformal RF/EMI shielding, and precision micro-dispensing of insulators and adhesives.
"The demand for miniaturization of electronic systems, especially in mobile device, medical, and mil-aero applications, has exposed a technology gap in advanced electronics packaging that current dispense solutions cannot address," said Dave Ramahi, CEO of Optomec, in a company release. "With this announcement, Optomec offers a practical, seamless, and cost-effective solution that can deliver an order of magnitude improvement in dispense resolution, addressing the advanced packaging needs of today and providing a pathway far into the future."
The compact, modular design of the Aerosol Jet HD System enables it to easily plug into almost any existing manufacturing environment to fill production gaps and provide new capabilities, according to the manufacturer. The system provides a turn-key approach to advanced electronics packaging with the Aerosol Jet Print Engine and tool path generation software integrated into a standard dispense automation platform.
Optomec (www.optomec.com) is a privately-held supplier of additive manufacturing systems. Its 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, the printing systems are said to work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter.
Optomec serves customers around the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences, and aerospace industries.
LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec Inc.
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