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Posted: Jul 25, 2012

European Industry Leaders Choose Optomec Aerosol Jet Systems for Printed Electronics

(Nanowerk News) Optomec announced today that recently, CEA Liten (France), Innovation Lab (Germany) and the University of Sheffield (U.K.) have each independently selected and purchased Aerosol Jet deposition systems. The systems are used for the development of next-generation technologies for electronic sensors and displays, 3D conformal electronic devices, fuel cells and solar cells, and other emerging printed electronics applications. With the addition of these marquee industrial labs, the total number of Optomec users in Europe now exceeds 40 leading institutions and corporations.
The Aerosol Jet system at CEA is located at PICTIC, which is the first European platform entirely dedicated to printed electronics. Christophe Serbutoviez of CEA Liten states, “The Aerosol Jet system plays a key role in ensuring the digital printing of fine traces of conductor and dielectric materials on flat and 3D surfaces. The system enables our customers to manufacture advanced printed CMOS devices, thermal sensors and passive components such as RLC filters.”
Innovation Lab conducts varied research and development for member companies that include Merck, Roche and BASF. The Aerosol Jet system at Innovation Lab is used to develop new manufacturing processes for a number of different printed electronics applications. Kai Sudau of Innovation Lab states, “Aerosol Jet systems offer the opportunity to deposit fluids that could otherwise mainly be processed using spin coating. The Aerosol Jet system enables us to create structured layers of these fluids rather than full layers.”
The Aerosol Jet system at the University of Sheffield is currently used to produce a series of photomask samples with positive and negative micro arrays on a glass substrate. Conventional production methods are extremely complex and require special processing equipment. The Aerosol Jet deposition system provides a more cost effective approach by directly printing the photomasks, thereby eliminating many steps in current processes. The University plans to use the Aerosol Jet system to help solve a wide variety of printed electronics manufacturing challenges.
More about these Aerosol Jet Customers
CEA is the European leader in the field of micro and nanotechnology, bringing together fundamental research and technological innovation to develop intelligent miniaturized solutions for the information, communication and health industries. CEA Liten is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. CEA’s PICTIC (Research and Development of Printed Electronic Devices) platform is financially supported by the European Feder funds, Rhône Alpe Region and the CEA.
Innovation Lab GmbH (iL) is an application-oriented organization for research and knowledge transfer in science and business. Innovation Lab is located in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, and is supported by the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim, and by the companies BASF SE, Merck KGaA, Freudenberg & Co., Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Roche Diagnostics GmbH and SAP AG.
The University of Sheffield has a wealth of expertise and facilities relevant to the development of powder-based manufacturing. The Mercury Centre is a multi-million dollar industrially focused facility within the University of Sheffield. Through a combination of enabling research and knowledge exchange activities, the Mercury Centre is accelerating the manufacture of high-technology components across a range of sectors, including advanced manufacturing, energy, health-care devices and electronics.
More about Optomec
Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 140 users, including many industry-leading manufacturers.
Source: Optomec (press release)

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