As 3D printing is swiftly moving from manufacturing technologies, new processes and methods are coming up to simplify complex manufacturing processes that are highly functional objects. The 3D printing of electronics is a growing trend that ihas buzzed complete market with its entry. The latest examples of this development are V-One, ElectroUV3D, Voxel8 Developer’s Kit, and several others. Now the picture has been completed by the most widely anticipated 3D printer called DragonFly 2020; A printed circuit board (PCB) printer, this one comes from a Israel based company called Nano Dimension and has recently being shipped to its first consumer.
The earlier products in this respect, the V-One and the Squink, are capable of producing prototypes, the DragonFly 2020 is a step ahead as it takes help of inkjetting for manufacturing the conductive traces as well as the circuit boards. The photopolymer used for building the board has been engineered with some dielectric properties.The conductive ink from Nano DImension, the AgCite products, is formed from silver particles especially optimized for conductivity. A special LED lamp then takes care of the photopolymer while a pre-existing source sinters the ink.
EMpowered by these new capabilities, the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer is capable enough to print out multilayer circuit boards whose resolution is as refined as 2 microns with respect to deposition of photopolymers. It is the highest resolution that can be attained by any photopolymer jetting system in present day market. It is one of the most basic prerequisites for small sized complex PCBs that are used in the present day electronics industry. The CEO of Nano DImension, Amit Dror proudly says, “We are proud to have reached this important milestone. Supplying our first system to a beta partner is a tremendous achievement for Nano Dimension and the electronic industry. Nano Dimension set an ambitious goal to develop a revolutionary product that—until now—did not exist in the market based on advanced technology that combines hardware, nanochemistry and software. Today, only two years since our first fundraising and our shares began trading on the TASE, we mark this important milestone of supplying our first system to a beta partner, enabling them to print multilayer electronic circuits in several hours. We look forward to completing production of more printers destined for additional partners and customers in Israel and around the world.”