One of the top ten largest American global defense and aviation companies has reportedly purchased Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro 3D printer. The technology, capable of printing electronic components such as printed circuit boards (PCBs), is increasingly being adopted in the defense sector.
Though the recent customers has remained unnamed, Nano Dimension emphasizes that the buyer is one of the biggest U.S.-based defense and aviation providers. The news follows a previous announcement this week that the company’s DragonFly Pro 3D printer successfully printed side-mounting onto a PCB, opening up the potential for increased functionality.
Released in 2017, the DragonFly Pro 3D printer is capable of producing functional electronics such as encapsulated sensors, conductive geometries, antennas, molded interconnected devices, PCBs and other types of circuitry. This capability—unique within the AM sector—has attracted customers from various sectors, though defense has remained a distinctly key market.
Last June, for instance, Nano Dimension revealed that it had sold two DragonFly Pro systems to branches of the United States Armed Forces. More recently, in October, the company clinched a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency for two more systems.
The technology has appealed to the defense and aviation markets because of its ability to accommodate strict timetables and produce fully functional prototypes. With the DragonFly Pro, security and aerospace R&D teams can effectively streamline production by lowering R&D overhead and lead times. Further, because of the platform’s manufacturing flexibility, innovation and productivity can be enhanced.
The newest customer in the segment will use its new DragonFly Pro 3D printer to manufacture functional electronic circuitry. The company will leverage the additive nature of the technology to produce complex circuits which can fit more features than standard circuits. This will enable the company to consolidate electronic components, reduce the weight of them, simplify assembly and, overall, enhance performance and reliability.
“Our disruptive technology, the first of its kind, enables defense and aviation companies to prototype their innovative products without sacrificing either convenience or security,” commented Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. “The ability to manufacture electronics in-house is especially appealing in the defense sector, where privacy and IP are crucially important.”