One of the first adopters of Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro electronics 3D printer, global security and defense company HENSOLDT is now expanding its use of the unique additive manufacturing technology through a new partnership agreement with the Israeli company. Through the strategic collaboration, the companies will work together to develop new applications for Nano Dimension’s technology for HENSOLDT’s sensor business.
HENSOLDT was formed in 2017 out of Airbus Group’s defense electronics activities and it became one of the first European companies to purchase a DragonFly Pro 3D printer from Nano Dimension. To date, the company has 3D printed hundreds of complex circuit boards using the technology, which is installed at its headquarters in Taufkirchen near Munich. HENSOLDT is now seeking to expand its applications of Nano Dimension’s electronics 3D printing technology.
The goal in partnering with Nano Dimension is to accelerate the accessibility and adoption of electronics manufacturing towards the production of 3D structural electronics, which boast integrated functionality. The companies say the need for 3D structural electronics is growing as miniaturization and modularity are becoming increasingly important factors in design.
“Our focus is on providing our customers with the highest quality cutting-edge innovations,” commented Thomas Stocker, HENSOLDT’s Head of Engineering. “By using the DragonFly, we’ve already accelerated our application development. Now, our strategic collaboration with Nano Dimension is further empowering our engineers in expediting product development cycles, while giving them the freedom to explore next-generation designs and solutions not possible with traditional manufacturing methods.”
Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension, added: “HENSOLDT is doing some of the most advanced electronics work in the world, and we are delighted that our engineering team can help them lead the change in developing additive manufacturing in electronics and building the applications of tomorrow. We expect to see great advances in electronics technology emerge through this collaboration.”
Since releasing its DragonFly Pro system in 2017, Nano Dimension has partnered with and sold the machine to numerous companies around the world. Japan’s CMK Corporation, California-based TTM Technologies and an unnamed American defense company are some of the most recent adopters of the electronics 3D printing technology.