NovaCentrix's PulseForge 3200-X2, the newest PulseForge model, operating on-site at drupa 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany, offers increased production speeds and decreased consumables cost in comparison to the other PulseForge tools, which already lead the industry.
Additionally, the new X2 variant optimizes the high-speed drying capabilities of the PulseForge tools. The PulseForge 3200-X2 is being demonstrated as integrated into a MicroFLEX™ roll-to-roll web processing system offered by 3D-Micromac AG www.3d-micromac.com .
This integrated tool is printing NovaCentrix Metalon® ICI copper-oxide reduction inks and curing them to copper in a single operational sequence on-site in real-time.
Stan Farnsworth, vice president marketing, said "The shear scope and international reach of this event is allowing us to connect with our existing printed electronics customers as well as reach new clients."
PulseForge photonic curing tools process high-temperature materials on low-temperature substrates, and are ideal for drying, sintering, annealing, and reacting the functional materials of interest in the emerging printed electronics industry. Unlike traditional oven technologies, the patented photonic curing process selectively heats thin films to very high temperatures using microsecond-scale flash lamp pulses without damaging low temperature substrates, such as polymers and paper. By adjusting the pulse attributes using the touch-screen interface, temperature profiles in the film and substrate can be closely controlled and optimized to achieve high-performance properties at high-speed roll-to-roll processing rates. These capabilities are critical for customers developing new applications in photovoltaics, RFID, displays, sensors, and batteries.
NovaCentrix is also be presenting its Metalon®-brand conductive inks, including the ICI-series of copper-oxide reduction inks. The ICI inks are an innovative class of inks developed by NovaCentrix based on the patent-pending formulation of copper oxide particles and a reduction agent. After printing, these inks are converted to highly-conductive thin-film copper when a PulseForge tool is used to modulate a high temperature reduction reaction between the copper oxide and the reducing agent. Additionally, the conversion process happens in ambient air and on low temperature substrates such as paper or plastic at production speeds. The ICI inks are available in print-method-specific formulations and are priced in volume at $75/kg.
For more information attend Printed Electronics Asia in Tokyo, Japan on October 2-3 - the key event to learn and network with the leaders in printed electronics in Asia. See Printed Electronics Asia, October 2-3, 2012 to register early for the best savings.