Nano Dimension revealed their new desktop-sized 3D printer designed specifically for the production of professional multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs) at the Printed Electronics USA last month. It will allow users to build functional, multilayer circuit board prototypes in-house –in a matter of hours.
December 18, 2015: The capability of rapidly producing functional multilayer PCB prototypes using 3D printing is new to the printed electronics design and manufacturing industry. The current standard subtractive manufacturing of PCBs is a multi-stage, labor- and material-intensive process, and is so costly and time consuming that electronics designers requiring prototypes resort to outsourcing.
Nano Dimension’s 3D printer can print a complete multilayer PCB, including all interconnections between layers, using its revolutionary inkjet printer and highly conductive nano-inks. Sophisticated proprietary software accepts industry standard Gerber design files and manages the precise print process. In addition, the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer gives users the option of testing on-the-fly, testing a range of designs and exploring new circuit geometries.
The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer is a three-axis inkjet printer; its benefits and attributes include:
- On-site ultra-rapid prototyping of professional multilayer prototype PCBs including interconnections and through-holes.
- Reduced PCB design and test cycles, from months or weeks to days.
- Minimise costs and inexpensively evaluate design alternatives and creative ideas.
- Security of IP, sensitive design information stays in-house.
- A greener alternative to standard PCB production since it is a cleaner process with no waste.
- Compact, office-friendly 3D printer.
“For designers and engineers looking for ultra-rapid prototyping of PCBs, our 3D printer is a significant leap forward. The DragonFly 3D Printer eliminates the frustration they face when they reach the prototyping and testing stage,” said Simon Fried, Chief Marketing Officer at Nano Dimension. “Moving their work from design to a prototype at an off-site printing facility might take weeks for the PCB to be ordered, produced and shipped. If further iterations are needed, it’s back to the prototyping house for another cycle. In today’s competitive electronics markets, unforeseeable and costly delays during PCB development can significantly slow time-to-market. That’s the development risk and bottleneck that we’re eliminating with the DragonFly 2020.”
The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer is targeted for commercial availability during the second half of 2016, while the AgCite conductive inks are already available today.
January 21, 2016: Nano Dimensions Signs Agreement with Flextronics to Start Production of Dragonfly 2020
Nano Dimensions prepares for the sales process of the Dragonfly 2020 3D printer by signing an agreement with Flextronics International Ltd. The company will serve as the primary manufacturer and supplier of the PCB 3D printer. The development process will be completed in the next several months in order to prepare for sales in the US and worldwide.
The Israel-based company Nano Dimension has received a budget of $ 1.13 million from the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy to advance their Dragonfly 2020 PCB 3D printer. Last December, the fully owned subsidiary Nano Dimension Technologies announced it has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the printing of 3D models, which includes electronic conductors.
February 2, 2016: Update – DragonFly 2020 3D Printer Showcased at SOLIDWORKS World 2016
Nano Dimension used a combination of SOLIDWORKS 3D design software, Composer and PDM Professional to visualise the DragonFly 2020 3D printer and its components with accurate 3D illustrations of the design and renditions of the product before actual production. The software also helped the company to speed up production of the components.
Simon Fried, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder of Nano Dimension said: “In addition to helping with the design, SOLIDWORKS enabled the simulation and verification of our 3D models for the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, which was critical in helping us achieve accurate component dimensions, select the best materials for the system, and define its performance.”
“Nano Dimension and its DragonFly 2020 3D Printer were not only designed using SOLIDWORKS, but will be compatible with upcoming PCB 3D design technology from SOLIDWORKS, seen on stage today at SOLIDWORKS World 2016,” said Kishore Boyalakuntla, Senior Director, SOLIDWORKS Portfolio Management, Dassault Systèmes. “I’m always excited when we complete the ecosystem, so to speak: an innovative new product designed in SOLIDWORKS, which will then 3D print innovative new products using innovative new 3D design technology from SOLIDWORKS.”