Digital Mass Manufacturing of Electronics – Breaking the Mold

Ralph Birnbaum

Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition. C.L.A.D. is technology developed for additive manufacturing based on the LIFT (Laser Induced Forward Transfer) technology. A material, evenly coated on a transparent carrier film, passes under a laser. The laser applies a short burst of energy to it. This releases perfectly consistent drops of material onto the substrate below. The material drops can then be sintered or cured inline, within the same machine. A great benefit is that this technology works for solder and polymers as well as for metals and ceramics. Up to six materials can be printed at the same time.

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