This alliance provides consumer electronics customers with “complete manufacturing solutions" – Enjet's EHD tools Electronink's particle-free conductive inks – according to Electroninks.
Electroninks will become a sales agent in North America for Enjet’s tools and equipment.
Electroninks will host customer demos at its headquarters in Austin, Texas.
“Enjet equipment is the most reliable and precise hardware tool on the market to print ~1um resolution features, combined with an extremely intuitive interface," said Dr. Garret McKerricher, senior scientist at Electroninks. "It is clear the Enjet engineering team appreciates detail and ease-of-use in their commercial equipment.”
Electroninks and Enjet will work together as a team to supply conductive ink printing at <10um in several markets including micro-LED, mini-LED, EMI Shielding, and die-attach/interconnect applications.
The combined technology will improve the manufacturing experience for customers by quickening product development and dramatically lowering costs by eliminating process steps such as lithography and etching.
Ultimately, the companies envision providing the world’s first <10um direct 3D and 2D printing solution.
With Enjet’s printing nozzles around ~1um in diameter to achieve high resolution, a particle-free ink is necessary to enable longer and more reliable printing by reducing interruptions.
While Enjet has commercialized the fine printing equipment, Electroninks will commercialize grades of particle-free ink that are fully compatible with Enjet’s specific systems.
The alliance went into effect on March 1, 2020.
Melbs LeMieux, Electroninks president and co-founder and Doyoung Byun, Enjet CEO will lead business operations.
As part of this strategic alliance, Electroninks and Enjet will begin to deliver fine-pitched metal contacts, 3D electrodes, and narrow via-fill solutions.
"Direct, fine-pattern printing enables advanced manufacturing required for increased performance in our consumer devices," LeMieux said. "It takes both print tools and appropriate conductive inks to achieve that solution."