Optomec 3D Printing Systems Used in Mass Production of Consumer Electronics  


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, reported that its Aerosol Jet® technology is being used on consumer electronics to enable slimmer product designs and greater flexibility of 3D antenna patterns.

“With the flexibility provided by Aerosol Jet technology, our 3DP systems can print sensors, antennas, and other functional electronics onto plastic components and covers, as well as metal die-cast insert-molded polymer frames, and even onto glass panels and ceramic materials," said Henrik Johansson, senior manager, technology development antennas, at Lite-On Mobile Mechanical, in a release from Optomec. “We see Aerosol Jet as a strategic component of our 3DP solution, which has enabled us to expand into new markets.”

The open architecture of the Aerosol Jet hardware allows configurations to be optimized for specific production needs. The implementation at Lite-On involves a series of Aerosol Jet print modules spread across multiple 5-axis motion platforms, configured to handle common smartphone and tablet form factors. Each machine is able to print a wide range of common electronics materials, at a reported rate of millions of units per year, enabling next-generation applications in consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, and smart IoT devices.

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