Germany - Mike O’Reilly, Executive Product Development Manager, Optomec ( http://www.optomec.com ) gave a presentation on Optomec’s M3D Aerosol Jet deposition technology at the IdTechEx Printable Electronics conference in Dresden, Germany.
Mr. O’Reilly provided an overview of M3D systems and discuss the benefits of this breakthrough technology for volume manufacturing applications such as crystalline and thin film photovoltaics, flexible OLED displays, Fuel Cells, RFID Interconnect, and active and passive components.
IDTechEx recently selected M3D Aerosol Jet as the “Best New Manufacturing Technology” for the production high efficiency solar cells. The M3D Aerosol Jet deposition systems use a Direct Write® process that first aerosolizes conductive photovoltaic inks or pastes and then forms an aerodynamically focused droplet stream of the material.
This Direct Write capability eliminates the need for screens or stencils required by traditional contact deposition processes while also enabling much finer feature sizes. “In addition to the wide variety of materials and substrates supported and the finer feature sizes, the additive process employed by M3D reduces environmental impact by minimizing the waste and chemicals that are by-products of more traditional manufacturing processes” states Mr. O’Reilly.
Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Photovoltaic, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary M3D aerosol-jetting technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.