Nano Dimension is developing a PCB 3D printer and a suite of nanotechnology conductive and dielectric inks specifically for PCB professionals, enabling the ability to take full control of PCB development and shortening time to market.
Nano Dimension's DragonFly 2020 3D printer is a highly accurate and versatile inkjet deposition and curing system for printing professional multilayer circuit boards. The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer represents an evolution unlike anything the industry has seen before. The innovative hardware, dedicated nano-inks and novel software offers virtually limitless design flexibility to a wide range of research and development, prototyping and custom manufacturing projects. Our highly conductive silver nano inks for electronics printing are also available separately.
The rapid prototyping capabilities of the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer for professional 3D printed electronics completely transforms the ways product development teams work. No more waiting days or weeks for a custom PCB prototype that has to be fabricated offsite. The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer offers the flexibility to print an entire board or just part of a circuit. You can develop the RF and digital sections of the board in parallel, test and iterate on the fly. The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer empowers progress and encourages innovation, lessening development risks and enabling faster times-to-market - and ultimately, better products.
High performance components and materials for professional PCB production
Innovating freely without current manufacturing process constraints
Printing just some sections of your PCB for testing on the go
Printing vias and through holes without needing to drill
Being able to print PCBs on-site, in a matter of minutes or hours
We understand the challenges of creating a professional multilayer PCB. You risk exposing your intellectual property to outsiders and have to negotiate high, upfront set-up prices. It's a frustrating balance of speed, complexity, creativity, efficiency and cost. Until now.
That's why we're building the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer.
Our latest white paper PCB Prototyping: In-house or Outsource? takes an even more in-depth look at the benefits that the different levels of an organisation, from management to design, can maximise from in-house rapid PCB prototyping.
For more detailed and technical information on the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, and how it prints circuit boards and makes 3D printed electronics a reality, download the brochure here or scroll down to the FAQs.
#1: Does Nano Dimension also print using dielectric inks?
#2: Are there any limitations for the PCB because of the silver-based nano inks, for example a maximum current or specific temperatures ranges? Or can the printed PCB used like regular copper based PCBs?
The ink will be engineered to behave as similarly to copper as chemistry allows.
#3: Can the printed PCBs be soldered like any other PCB today?
#4: Are there any min/max numbers about the number of layers and the thickness?
There is no limit to the number of layers beyond the mechanical height of the z axis.
#5: How green is the process? How do I deal with remains of the inks and out-of-use printed PCBs? Do I have to dispose the inks or the printed PCBs as hazardous waste?
We're keeping the process as green as possible. The additive approach of 3D printing avoids the production chemicals and waste associated with standard PCB production.
#6: Can you provide figures about the printing speed?
This is dependent on the number of layers, the complexity of the circuits and the board size. A large, complex, 10-layer board can take several hours to print.
#7: Is there a special process to for curing the inks or is it just some kind of dry out?
An integrated sintering process cures the inks to attain the right conductivity and adhesion.
#8: Will the final software be able to import Gerber files and able to print them directly?
Yes it works with Gerber files and all that is needed is to set up the print job.
#9: When will the first printers be available for preorder?
Pre-orders early 2016. Deliveries are expected to be in the second half of 2016.
#10: Do you plan to sell different-sized machines with different sized printing areas?
Eventually yes, but for now the standard measurements are ca. 20cm x 20cm
#11: Do you have a pricing scheme or range for the printer and the inks?
Please contact us for further details and discussion.
#12: What are the printing specifications?
The printer prints ca. 80-100 µm traces, ca. 150 µm interconnections, and a minimum layer thickness of 3 µms.