Nano Dimension's free add-in for SOLIDWORKS software creates a design environment optimized for 3D printing multi-material electronics. For the first time, complex prototypes consisting of both polymers and metals can be designed in SOLIDWORKS and 3D printed on the DragonFly™ in a single build process.
Such a stride in electronics design makes it possible to 3D print complex non-planar structures with embedded electronics* using the DragonFly™ System for Precision Additive Manufacturing of Printed Electronics.
* In development.
“With Nano Dimension’s SOLIDWORKS add-in, for the first time ever users can design and 3D print electronics with a push of a button. We are proud to be partnering with an industry innovator like Nano Dimension.” -- Suchit Jain, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes
Conventional electrical design software (EDA) is not well suited for designing non-planar electronics as it usually limits users to planar designs, treating interconnects as an afterthought. In contrast, Nano Dimension's unique add-in allows designers to easily edit and 3D print designs that contain components such as conductors without leaving SOLIDWORKS. It's as simple as using point-and-click to subdivide objects, automatically choosing conductive or insulating materials for different components and sending it for 3D printing.
The ability to 3D print conductive and insulating material in a single structure enables product developers to design and create complex functional components such as printed circuit boards (PCBs), flexible electronics, antennas/ RFIDs, sensors, electromagnets, molded interconnect devices (MIDs) and other experimental circuits right off the printer tray.
The DragonFly™ offers designers the ability to make what is currently impossible by being the global pioneer in combining free-form objects with embedded 3D electronics. This unlocks new ways of thinking and designing towards innovative solutions for some of today's toughest product design challenges.
Nano Dimension's additive manufacturing solution represents a significant advancement in 3D manufacturing capabilities. Our SOLIDWORKS add-in eliminates time-consuming processes and increases design possibilities, resulting in better end-products.
It allows designers to work smarter, not harder, with a significant reduction in the cost of errors when creating complex geometries, accelerating product design and reducing time-to-market. The add-in is the first tool of its kind to enable a leap from 2D to 3D electronics.