Nano Dimension to open new Ink production facility

6 September, 2016

The new facility will built by the company’s subsidiary Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd will produce the company’s “nano-ink”. The construction of the plants marks another stepping stone towards commercial distribution

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The new facility will built by the company’s subsidiary Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd will produce the company’s “nano-ink”. The construction of the plants marks another stepping stone towards commercial distribution

the DragonFly2020
the DragonFly2020

Nes Ziona, Israel based Nano Dimension announced today, that its subsidiary Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd will open a production facility for the company’s unique nano-ink products. The facility is located in Ness Ziona, in the same building as the company’s headquarters. The facility will feature advanced technological solutions in the chemistry and production fields, will meet high quality control standards and will cover an area of approximately 8600 square feet and will be able to support hundreds of printers.

Today’s announcement is another stepping stone towards the commercial distribution of Nano Dimension’s PCB 3D printer. Recently, Techtime reported that the company’s PCB printer, the DragonFly2020 has been supplied to a major, unnamed Israeli defense company for beta use. A successful pilot in the demanding defense market could open the gate to more customers. The opening of an ink facility which can support hundreds of printers shows that Nano dimension is confident in the success of its product.

Nano-ink – the fuel for a revolution in PCB production?

Silver nano-particles
Silver nano-particles

Nano Dimensions developed the Dragonfly, a 3D printer enabling the use of advanced nanoparticle conductive and dielectric inks for rapid prototyping of complex multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs). The process is based on the use of polymeric materials to create insulating layers, and conductive silver ink for the electrical conductors.

The sintering of material is usually done using laser rays, while curing is done by heating. These two processes are carried out separately, in number of different mechanical and complex systems. Obviously, this separation slows down production. The maintenance of several complex systems increase production costs.

Nano Dimension’s new technology combines the two processes thus reducing the number if critical systems in a printer and thus allows for a significant reduction in production costs of the printer, increased printer speed, system miniaturization and increased system reliability.

The combination of the two processes is possible due to the unique chemical structure of the inks, both of which are developed and manufactured in the company’s in-house laboratory. Nanoparticles in the ink absorb radiant energy, causing a plasmonic effect on the surface of the nanoparticle. The plasmonic waves are immediately converted into heat, which causes the fusion of silver nanoparticles due to the high surface energies at the nanoscale. This sintering process results in a final uniform metallic trace.

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