Nano Dimensions recently released a product that will revolutionize the technology industry. The Dragonfly 2020 3D prints industry-standard PCB boards in minutes, allowing products to move from concept to market in Godspeed (via Nano-di)
I stare at a board I designed every day - where am I going to get this manufactured. I don't want to wait.... What to do? The technology industry is one of the fastest moving industries – but it’s about to get faster. Nano Dimensions recently released the very first 3D printer for PCBs, and it’s going to be huge.
Printed Circuit Boards are the heartbeat of the technology industry. From industrial manufacturing machines to consumer electronics, PCBs make it all possible. For manufacturers, however, the process of obtaining the devices can be intense.
While larger manufacturers may have engineers on staff dedicated to building PCBs, that isn’t feasible for every company. Many companies outsource their PCB needs, which can take weeks or months, and require risking proprietary company development plans (a huge risk if a company opts out of patenting).
PCBs are an important step in development and production is often at a standstill until the boards are ready, as PCBs are required for prototyping and testing, as well as production. Whether companies have PCB manufacturers on staff or not, the Dragonfly 2020 will greatly impact the industry forevermore.
Renders don't excite me... but, I think I need this.
The Dragonfly 2020 is a desktop 3D printer dedicated to printing PCB prototypes. The unit can print multilayer PCBs on various materials, including glass, using standard Gerber files. Nano Dimensions claims the printed units are functional, high-resolution, and meet industry standards to expedite the development process.
Instead of using standard filament, Nano Dimensions created specialty ink to ensure printed devices are fully conductive and indistinguishable from outsourced boards. The company invented two high-end specialty inks – one based on silver nanoparticles and the other dielectric nanoparticles – to ensure printed boards have all the functionality of professional PCB boards, without the time lag.
Nano Dimensions has not announced when its printer will be ready for market, but it looks like it’ll happen soon. The company toured the prototype at Printed Electronics USA earlier this month and has secured millions in backing to date.
Still, researchers continue to innovate. The company reportedly just filed a patent for conductive copper ink, potentially making the Dragonfly 2020 a one-stop-shop for all industry PCB needs.
If you’re interested in obtaining the Mack daddy printer, you can get your name added to the waiting list on the company’s website. The inks will also available for purchase as well and may be compatible with competitor 3D printers.
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