New Mexico-based Optomec, among the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial, production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printing metals and 3D printing electronic components, has just signed a distribution deal with Semitronics Sales Ltd. The deal will make Semitronics the exclusive distributor of Optomec Aerosol Jet systems throughout the UK and Ireland. Semitronics is one of the largest suppliers of research and production systems to the UK’s electronics manufacturing and fabricating industry. They specifically focus on 3D printed electronics, photovoltaics, microelectronics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications.
Optomec Aerosol Jet printing technology provides the high-resolution 3D printing capabilities required to manufacture small-scale, lighter-weight, high-performance devices and electronics. These micro-devices are utilized in industries as diverse as aerospace, defense, consumer electronics and of course the ever present Internet of Things (IoT). Their patented Aerosol Jet technology uses aerodynamic focusing to precisely print and fabricate working electronic circuitry and functional micro-components.
The Aerosol Jet technology can 3D print electronics in dimensions ranging from 10 microns to as large as several millimeters in a single pass. The process is also very scalable, making high-volume production applications and small-scale mass production possible.
Here is a brief video explaining the basics of the process:
“We are very happy to partner with Semitronics to expand sales of Aerosol Jet systems in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Semitronics team has an excellent track record of delivering complete manufacturing solutions to the region’s electronics industry, including printing systems, consumables, and post-processing equipment. They’re already off to a great start with sales of two Aerosol Jet systems to a leading Defense and R&D organization during 2015,” said Optomec Vice President of World Wide Sales Michael Kardos.
Semitronics was founded in 2013 as a companion corporation to Semimetrics, a company that specializes in supplying the UK and Ireland with metrology equipment, supplies and components for uses in the region’s semiconductor and nanotech markets. In addition to offering Optomec Aerosol Jet 3D printing technology, Semitronics also supplies Novacentrix photonic curing systems, Novacentrix conductive ink materials and PiXDRO inkjet manufacturing systems.
“We are delighted to add Optomec Aerosol Jet printers to our portfolio of solutions. Aerosol Jet printers provide new and exciting capabilities for our customers which will enable them to cost-effectively manufacture smaller and lighter-weight electronic devices,” said Managing Director of Semitronics Jeremy Davis of the exclusive distribution deal.
Optomec is one of the fastest growing privately-held suppliers of state-of-the-art production and manufacturing grade 3D printing technology and systems. In addition to their Aerosol Jet systems, Optomec also manufactures their patented LENS 3D Printers for the fabrication of metal components. The LENS system can print fully dense 3D structures using a high-powered laser to deposit and fuse metal powder. LENS technology can be used to print entire structures from scratch, or be used to repair or modify existing metal components.
Let us know what you think of this new deal to bring fully functional electronic component manufacturing capabilities to this regional market in our Semitronics to Distribute Optomec Aerosol Jet 3D printing Technology in the UK and Ireland forum thread at 3DPB.com.