Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading additive electronics provider, has recently announced the world’s first side mounting technology for additively manufactured printed circuit boards (PCBs). With Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Precision Additive Manufacturing System, the novel technology can print and solder components to the top, bottom and sides of the PCB, resulting in as much as a 50% increase in board space when compared with traditionally manufactured PCBs.
The extra space afforded through side mounting allows design engineers to pack more functionality on the circuit board, which is particularly relevant for IoT and Industry 4.0 where customized designs and shapes are a growing demand.
Another important enablement of side mounting is the ability to create a specialized PCB that plugs into a socket mounted on a motherboard. By printing this board and inserting it into the cavity of a second board, users can rapidly customize applications based on a generic motherboard.
Side mounting is ideal for applications such as modular antennas, creating non-standard packaging and innovative IoT applications.