Optomec announces copper inks for Aerosol electronics

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Optomec, a leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed electronics and 3D printed metals, has announced its significant improvements in the ability to effectively print and post-process copper and copper/nickel (ie: Constantan) inks on its Aerosol Jet systems. The availability and support of these new, cost effective inks from a number of qualified suppliers will enable new classes of electronic devices helping to expand industrial use of 3D printed electronics for consumer electronics, medical device, Internet of Things and other electronic applications.

Copper (Cu) and Copper/Nickel (CuNi; ie: Constantan) inks from Applied Nanotech, Inc., Intrinsiq Materials, Inc., PV Nano Cell Ltd., and Kuprion, Inc. have been successfully printed using Optomec Aerosol Jet technology.

Optomec also offers print recipes, as well as specialized hardware to shield these oxygen sensitive materials during the printing and curing process when necessary, though the printed copper inks can be cured thermally using conventional ovens or through newer techniques such as flash lamp photonics or laser-based curing systems.