Nano Dimension Ltd., an expert in electronics additive manufacturing, has been granted patents for the core technology of its dielectric ink by both U.S. and South Korean Patent and Trademark Offices. The patent approvals mark a step ahead for the Israeli company in its goal to revolutionize how electronics are produced.
In recent years, Nano Dimension has emerged as a leader in additive manufacturing for electronic components. Notably, the company has pioneered dielectric inks for use on its DragonFly Pro platform, which offer excellent print properties—including sintering and curing properties, controlled particle sizes and stability—as well as electronic properties when paired with the company’s highly conductive nano-Silver ink.
As the company explains, its dielectric ink demonstrates excellent performance for high frequency communications up to 6GHz, with circuit performance comparable to that of traditionally manufactured circuits. The innovative material, along with Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro platform, is making electronics 3D printing viable for a range of industries. In the space industry, for instance, the technology has applications in the production of mini satellites and other devices that would benefit from size and weight reductions.
“This patent approval is another step in our path to fundamentally change the way electronic parts are made, and add value to design and manufacturing processes,” said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. “Radio frequency circuits such as amplifiers and antennas additively manufactured with our DragonFly Pro will be tested on the International Space Station as part of a joint Harris and Space Florida project. We are very excited about this project and the huge potential it has in development of innovative applications for space.”
The recently approved patent covers the composition of the dielectric ink as well as the process for forming the material using suspension polymerization. The unique forming method results in a printable ink with ideal properties for thermoset boards, sheets or films which could be used in housing elements for various electronic devices.
Last month, Nano Dimension reported positive financial results for the 2018 year, largely driven by the sale of 30 units of its Dragon Fly Pro 3D printer. More specifically, it expects its revenue to be in the area of $5 million for 2018. The year also saw the Israeli company double its reseller network and increase its global presence.