NovaCentrix and nScrypt are excited to announce the first public showing of their new integrated equipment designed especially for 3D additive fabrication. The new tool will be displayed in the NovaCentrix exhibition area at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA event in Santa Clara, California, November 18-19. Partial funding for the project was provided by FlexTech Alliance (www. flextech.org ) through its partnership with the US Army Research Lab with over 50% cost share by nScrypt and NovaCentrix.
The unprecedented capabilities of this equipment result from combining the multi-nozzle material extrusion systems from nScrypt with state-of-the-art PulseForge® photonic curing technology from NovaCentrix. Additionally, features such as in-situ component pick-and-place are integral to the total system function. "We believe the time is right to provide product designers in the 3D fabrication arena with more design and material selection options. By merging this functionality into one tool the opportunities for scalable design innovation are vastly multiplied," said Dr. Ken Church, founder and CEO of Orlando-based nScrypt. "We're pleased to be partnering with nScrypt in applying the unique material processing capabilities of our PulseForge tools to this set of applications," said Stan Farnsworth, vp marketing for NovaCentrix. "The market is demanding new capabilities to enable innovative design and we are excited to be able to deliver." The patented PulseForge® photonic curing tools use intense microsecond pulses from proprietary flash lamps to heat the surface of target materials to very high temperatures, without heating or damaging the underlying material. Using the PulseForge tools, high- temperature materials such as metal inks and powders can be sintered adjacent to temperature- sensitive materials such as polymers. In this way, 3D fabrication product engineers can now explore new combinations of materials for enhanced design functionality.
nScrypt is a capital equipment company located in Orlando, Florida manufacturing and selling precision micro-dispensing and 3D printing systems. The systems range print size from 150 mm in XY and up to 1.5 meters in XY. A number of options are available to allow customers to fully automate a manufacturing process. For more information on nScrypt, visit us at www.nscrypt.com
NovaCentrix is a leader in manufacturing tools that enable printed electronics technologies. State-of- the-art PulseForge® tools utilize photonic curing which is a cutting edge technology that dries, sinters, and anneals functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. These tools process a wide array of depositions including but not limited to metallic, non- metallic and semiconductor-based inks, as well as PVD metals and metal oxides. An integrated material and tool simulation package, SimPulseTM, enables rapid assessment of the photonic curing capabilities in combination to experimental results. NovaCentrix also offers high-performance and economical Metalon® and PChem conductive inks, including the innovative and award-winning ICI copper-oxide reduction inks which work optimally with PulseForge tools given the need for high temperature processing of inks on low temperature substrates. NovaCentrix possesses in-house inkjet, screen, and flexographic presses and provides customers with prototyping services. Through a well-established network, NovaCentrix acts as a point of contact to take ideas from inception to full production.
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