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Posted on April 26, 2017 by  & 

Optomec Showcases Aerosol Jet 3D Printing Technology at PE Europe

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed electronics (Aerosol Jet) and 3D printed metals (LENS) announced today that the company will showcase its 3D printers at the IDTechEx Show! conference held May 10 -11 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Optomec will be in stand # E-11.
Optomec will highlight its Aerosol Jet 3D printing systems used for a wide array printed electronics applications from R&D to high volume manufacturing. Examples of printed electronic devices will be on display in the Optomec booth, including creep sensors printed on turbine blades, fully printed strain gauges, and Smartphone antennas. The Optomec exhibit will also feature a live demonstration of the Aerosol Jet 200 system for printed electronics, and a video showing Aerosol Jet systems in full scale production at General Electric Power and LITE-ON MOBILE printing industrial sensors and antennas used in consumer electronic devices. Additionally, Optomec will highlight fully printed and repaired 3D metal components produced by the company's LENS customers that illustrate a range of 3D metal additive manufacturing capabilities.
In addition to the exhibition, Matthew Schrandt, Optomec Aerosol Jet Applications Engineer, will give a presentation titled "3D Printing of Flexible Circuits and Sensors". Mr. Schrandt will explain how printed sensors are of high-interest on 3D and flexible substrates using a variety of metal and resistive materials. Aerosol Jet® is an ideal printing tool for precision deposition of polymeric and metal inks for these sensors. It is a non-contact, high resolution printing technology that is compatible with a wide range of conductive, insulating, and resistive materials. He will discuss the printing of robust and flexible circuits and sensors using a variety of materials including Ag, Cu, and CuNi metal inks. He will present the functionality of strain gauge and thermocouple printed sensors in terms of robustness with flexing, thermal coefficients, resistance stability, gauge performance, and thermocouple Seebeck coefficient. Mr. Schrandt will also discuss material optimization for Aerosol Jet 3D printing and process optimization to mitigate resistance drift and optimize flexing stability for such sensors.
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec's 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, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee 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 is a registered trademark of Optomec Inc.
Aerosel Jet 3D Printer. Source: Optomec
Creep sensor on turbine blade. Source: Optomec
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