Scalable 3D Printed Electronics – from “Fully Additive” to High Volume.

Presented by Martin Hedges, Neotech AMT.

This presentation will review the state-of-the-art related to the production of 3D mechatronic systems using Additive Manufacturing (AM) and review developments for scaling the processes through all stages, from one off prototyping 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 brief 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.

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 began developing this novel technology in 2006 and installed the worlds first 5 axis 3D PE system in 2010. This system expertly combines hard- and software elements into a unique solution capable of production complex circuitry on almost any 3D surface.
Rapid advances have lead the first commercial installation for mass production for printed 3D antenna. This high-throughput system is capable of printing millions of parts per year. Demand for this solution is being driven by the cost reduction potential coupled with technical and environmental benefits compared with current production process. Additional applications are being progressed in for Automotive and Industrial markets. Read more