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3D printing electronic devices for the Internet of Things
Nano Dimension builds machines for additively manufacturing printed electronics used in the medical, aerospace, telecommunications, defense, and automotive industries. The company’s DragonFly Pro System simultaneously 3D-prints dielectric polymers and conductive metals. The Israeli firm, which has an office in Santa Clara, Calif., has identified the Internet of Things as a major growth area. Two key components make up IoT systems: sensors and connectivity devices (RFID tags and antennas). Both are electronic components that are multilayered in nature. Manufacturing these printed-circuit-board components layer by layer with copper etching or other traditional subtractive-manufacturing methods, followed by post-processing steps to combine them into a PCB, can take days to weeks, according to Nano Dimension. “DragonFly Pro’s suite of nano-inks, 3D-optimized software, and high-precision 3D printer allows the entire process, from design to production, to be done in-house and in one single workshop,” says the company. “As the final product is 3D-printed in one automated process to its final form without the need for any post-processing, total manufacturing time can be reduced to a few hours.”
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