by Martin Hedges, Neotech AMT
This presentation will review the state-of-the-art related to the production of 3D mechatronic systems via Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and the scalability to high volume manufacture.
A reconfigurable array of structural and electronics printing, pre- and post processing techniques are combined with SMD technologies to enable digitally driven 3D electronics manufacturing.
The resultant flexible process chains can be easily reconfigured to cope with rapid changes in product type whilst retaining the ability to be scaled through to high volume manufacture. Selection of the most appropriate print, pre- and post-processing methods with the subsequent effect on process speed and cost will be discussed.
A review of current applications, spanning 3D electronic circuits, antenna, sensor and heater patterns will be conducted along with an update on the progression to First Time Right manufacture of complex devices.
What drives you?
The creation of something totally new.
Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To see the state of-the-art of 3D Printed Electronics manufacturing and to gain a view on its future direction.
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
A combination of processes creating agile, scalable manufacturing chains for producing Mechatronic Systems.
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Volume production across many high value market segments in 2-5 years.
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The speed of development needs to accelerate. It really is a question of time.
The world is starting to wake up to the benefits of 3D Printed Electronics and I fully expect the trend to accelerate. Attending the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, the only dedicated event in this field, is a must.
About Dr. Martin Hedges
Graduated BSc (Materials Science) from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1987. Completed a PhD in Materials Science in 1990 from UMIST (UK).
Founded the company Neotech in Nuremberg in 2001 to develop additive manufacturing processes with a focus on Printed Electronics
Since 2009 the company has been pioneering the development of 3D Printed Electronics.
About Neotech AMT GmbH
Neotech AMT GmbH is one of the leading companies developing systems for 3D Printed Electronics (3D PE). The company installed the first 5 axis 3D PE system in 2010. Rapid advances lead to the first commercial installation for mass production for printed 3D circuits in mobile communications devices in 2015.