CERADROP will be present at PE USA 2013 on 20 – 21 November in Santa Clara (Booth A05).
The visitors will have pleasure to discover the latest innovations of CeraPrinter range through the powerful CeraPrinter X-Serie model, able to embed up to three printheads of different types. CERADROP is pleased to announce the commercial availability of an integrated PulseForge® photonic curing tool from NovaCentrix and the possibility to embed the disposable cartridges technology from FUJIFILM Dimatix DMC range.
The integrated PulseForge® photonic curing tool uses pulse shaping to cure functional inks and thin films in milliseconds without heating underlying or adjacent substrates. Very high sintering temperatures can be achieved on paper and polymers without damage.
The Dimatix Materials Cartridge is a snap-in replaceable printhead and is available in 1 pL and 10 pL drop volumes. Based on FUJIFILM Dimatix' proprietary silicon MEMS technology, the 16-jet Dimatix Materials Cartridge is designed for high-resolution, non-contact jetting of functional fluids in a broad range of applications.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, components printing demonstrations will be realized in collaboration with the substrates manufacturer Arjowiggins, the photonic curing systems manufacturer NovaCentrix and the InkJet printheads manufacturer FUJIFILM Dimatix.
ArjoWiggins Creative Papers will present its revolutionary paper “Powercoat” dedicated to printed electronics as well as the obtained results in terms of printed components realized by CeraPrinter on this substrate.
CeraPrinter equipment is a powerful tool allows the studying of all types of InkJet processes in Printed Electronics. It provides the best resolution of the market thanks to its dynamic accuracy, measured at the point of interest which is the nozzle plate, of +/- 3µm and its repeatability <1µm, whatever chosen deposition velocity (up to 500mm/s). More over, as no printheads manufacturer can nowadays provide a panel of optimal heads for all inks used in Printed Electronics, the CeraPrinter equipment offers the possibility to its users to work without compromise and use the most appropriate printheads of the market for each material they wish to deposit (FUJIFILM Dimatix, Konica Minolta,… etc.). A panel of more than twenty heads is available, with a volume of drops from 1 pL up to 150 pL, number of nozzles from 16 to 1024, permits to apply a great variety of inks (UV, solvent, aqueous, oil, aggressive fluid).
The patented system of the head-holder “plug and play” allows embedding several printheads that can be changed with high accuracy in each of the slots of the head-carrier. This head-holder is designed to be easily upgraded at a low cost and integrate any future printhead of the market. Moreover, CeraPrinter equipment can integrate a post process in-line (IR, UV, NIR, photonics…etc.), in order to become a process tool “all in one”, the ideal one for the complete process development in Printed Electronics. And finally, all Printers of CeraPrinter range are multi-headed (multi-materials), with high accuracy, can be upgraded at a low cost and delivered with all innovative software developed by CERADROP (CeraSlice, DropAnalyser and FabAnalyser).
CeraSlice is an exclusive CAD/CAM software dedicated to component manufacturing using an InkJet Printing Process. It therefore fills an important gap in manufacturing using an InkJet printing process. Indeed, up to now, there was no logical link between component design files and print script generation. To make the link, users had to use an old image format (tiff, bmp, etc.) stemming from the graphic design sector. This format is particularly inappropriate for component manufacturing. It causes many problems and difficulties, because of its limitations and the impossibility of taking into account component and material requirements. The exclusive CeraSlice software therefore represents the link between component design and print script generation. The designer can use the advanced design tools, including CAD software functionalities, to design a component. He can import the design files from his usual software (DXF, STEP, Gerber, GDSII) to modify them or use them as they are.
CERADROP, subsidiary of the MGI Group, designs and markets InkJet Printers exclusively for Printed Electronics Industry. Embedding all types of printheads as well as the latest generation of curing modules, CeraPrinter Series models present new opportunities for feasibility study and launch of new products onto the Printed Electronics market in the fields such as: flexible solar cells (OPV), OLED Displays, Smart Cards, Antennas, Smart Systems, Passive Components…etc…
Based on its bottom-up approach, CERADROP offers InkJet Printing Equipment, which adapts to electronic materials to be deposited as well as to complex components design to be printed thanks to its exclusive software CeraSlice.
Achieving more than 40% of its turnover from exports and providing a unique process support to its customers, CERADROP makes easier and more efficient using of InkJet Printing technology for Printed Electronics worldwide.
About ArjoWiggins Creative Papers
ArjoWiggins Creative Papers is one of the World’s leading manufacturers of creative and technical papers. It has 1 300 employees and its products are available all over the world. The products portfolio is extensive and offers an impressive selection of colors, effects, texture and weights suitable for various applications. Its products constantly present the best performance in their category in terms of paper capacity and printing quality. Innovation is at the heart of its business, ArjoWiggins Creative Papers is constantly striving to develop unique products that can meet specific needs of the market.
In this context its Research and Development team has created POWERCOAT – a new revolutionary substrate for Printed Electronics. POWERCOAT is an ultra-smooth, flexible, recyclable and highly sustainable cellulosic substrate that contains absolutely no plastic. It outperforms even the best plastics, making it the perfectly sustainable choice for printed electronics.
NovaCentrix, based in Austin, Texas, is focused on technologies and products to enable products and manufacturing in Printed Electronics. The PulseForge® photonic curing tools use pulse shaping to process high-temperature materials on low-temperature substrates. This includes drying, sintering, annealing, or reacting metallic, non-metallic, and semiconductor inks, without damaging fragile substrates such as foils and plastics. With processing times of only milliseconds, surface depositions can be heated to melting or crystallization temperatures without damaging low temperature substrates. The very short processing times also allow high-speed processing rates.
About FUJIFILM Dimatix
FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of piezoelectric inkjet printheads. FUJIFILM Dimatix has more than 29 years experience in advancing the performance of drop-on-demand dispensing devices and applications, and its state-of-the-art technology provides solutions for the printed electronics industry. FUJIFILM Dimatix’s MEMS-based technology lets inkjet printing create products like displays and electronics, RFID antennas, smart tags, DNA arrays, smart packaging and wearable electronics.