Nano Dimension has expanded its client base in academia by selling a DragonFly Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) system to the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), where it will be used by researchers and engineers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)-CityU Joint Lab on Robotics to speed up the development and prototyping of new robotics and sensing systems.
The DragonFly LDM, which was launched in July 2019 as a more industrial follow-up to Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro, will be installed at CityU’s campus in Kowloon, Hong Kong. There, the CAS-CityU Joint Lab on Robotics team will use the electronics 3D printer to rapidly iterate multi-layer PCBs and non-planar circuitry for state-of-the-art robotics and sensors.
By implementing Nano Dimension’s unique technology, the team aims to reduce development costs and times for sensing and electronic devices compared to more traditional methods like lithography and etching. One particular avenue that will be explored using the DragonFly LDM system will be the development of 4D actuators, which are robotic actuators with embedded programmable architectures that can repeatedly transform and morph when exposed to external stimuli.
“The DragonFly LDM’s unique technology will provide CityU researchers with a substantial competitive advantage to perform leading-edge research in developing next generation sensing and robotics actuation systems,” commented Dr. Chan Ho-Yin, a research assistant professor at CityU. “During the next two years, our team plans to implement 3D printed electronics technology into several advanced projects, including the development of injectable motion sensors for lab animals and integrated antennas for cyber physical robots.”
Nano Dimension’s DragonFly LDM was released in response to a growing need for round-the-clock electronics 3D printing. The unique additive manufacturing solution offers a more automated and reliable process for producing 3D printed PCBs, capacitors, coils, sensors, antennas and more. Following the 3D printer’s launch in July, the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) became one of the first R&D facilities to install the lights-out system.
“More and more now, we’re seeing growing interest from universities and research labs to increase the adoption of additive manufacturing of electronics, for rapid innovation and time-savings, regardless of the complication of the circuit or component,” added Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. “Additive manufacturing technologies will significantly contribute to the development of CityU’s new sensing systems and robotic actuators.”