Aerosol Jet Print Engine will be used to develop automated
manufacturing of bio-electronic actuators for robotic and prosthesis
Aerosol Jet technology is a non-contact direct write printing process capable of directly depositing a wide range of commercial and custom electronic materials, including conductor, insulator and biologic formulations, onto virtually any substrate. Aerosol Jet technology can print a variety of feature sizes ranging from less than 10 microns to more than one centimeter using patented aerodynamic focusing nozzles. Due to its ability to handle electronic and biomaterials within the same material deposition system, Aerosol Jet systems offer a unique biomedical micro-device development and production solution that bridges these disciplines.
The Aerosol Jet Print Engine is Optomec’s workhorse technology for implementing cost effective and flexible high volume additive manufacturing systems. The modular Print Engine consists of process controls and print modules enabling simultaneous printing on up to 4 different substrates, or sequential printing of up to 4 different materials on the same substrate all on one machine. The Print Engine also provides an ‘open systems’ architecture facilitating its integration with custom or standard commercial automation platforms making it ideally suited for the
“As Aerosol Jet printing technology allows the manufacturing of homogeneous layers with a thickness below 10 microns, the process seems very well suited to print stacked DEA composed of Silicone layers as dielectric medium and Carbon Nano Tube (CNT) compounded silicone electrodes,” said Dr. Sebastian ReitelshÖfer, Director of the Research Sector Biomechatronics at
“We’re pleased to see the unique capabilities of Aerosol Jet technology being applied to the exciting area of DEAs and helping develop production grade manufacturing environments for their implementation,” said
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of production grade Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec 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 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy,