At the conference, Optomec will display functional devices, printed by its customers, such as 3D printed sensors and antennas, semiconductor packaging and Internet of Things applications. Aerosol Jet technology is currently used in mass production for printing 3D conformal antennas and sensors for consumer electronics devices.
A video highlighting the use of Aerosol Jet 3D printing systems at the LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical SBG (LITE-ON) factory in Guangzhou, China will be shown in the Optomec booth.
Multiple Aerosol Jet production systems are operating 24x7 at LITE-ON, printing conformal electronics onto millions of consumer electronic devices. Since the printing process requires no plating or special resins, logistics are simplified and production costs are lowered. Examples of Aerosol Jet printed sensors and antennas will also be available for inspection at the Optomec booth.
Mike O’Reilly, Optomec director of Aerosol Jet Products, will serve on a panel discussing the topic “Printed Electronics - Will Your Company Have the Flexibility to Adapt to these Technologies?” A panel of industry experts will discuss real-world success stories and lessons learned, provide a reality-check assessment of where printed electronic is today and where it’s headed, and recommend how to position your organization to take advantage of this technology. The panel discussion will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on Feb. 14.
O’Reilly will also deliver a presentation on the pros and cons of different methods of manufacturing printed electronics. He will explain how 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 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 nano-particle inks, polymers and epoxies, along with dielectrics, ceramics and bio-active materials