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Optomec announced today that the company will showcase its Aerosol Jet systems at the NextFlex Innovation Day & Technical Council Meeting on September 21-22 in San Jose, California. Mike O’Reilly, director of Aerosol Jet Products, will deliver a presentation on 3D Printing of Flexible Circuits and Sensors utilizing the Aerosol Jet 5 axis printing system. Functional electronic samples printed with Aerosol Jet technology will be on display in the Optomec booth. Optomec is a member of the NextFlex Consortium.
In his presentation Mr. O’Reilly will explain how sensors can be printed onto 3D and flexible substrates using a variety of conductive metal and resistive materials. Aerosol Jet is an ideal printing tool for precision deposition of polymeric and metal inks for sensors. The process is a non-contact, high resolution printing technology that is compatible with a wide range of conductive, insulating, and resistive materials. Mr. O’Reilly will also discuss the functionality of printed strain gauges and thermocouple sensors in terms of robustness with flexing, thermal coefficients, resistance stability, and gauge performance. Aerosol Jet technology is scalable and is in use today for high volume production applications. For more information on the event, click here.
NextFlex is a public-private consortium of companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and governments with a mission to advance US manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics. NextFlex encourages investment in the manufacturing ecosystem for this exciting technology, in return for receiving intellectual property, new product ideas and partnering opportunities.
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 300 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.