SMART MANUFACTURING?

Simply it’s a way to efficiently and effectively leverage new digital and robotic technologies into the manufacturing process.

Such technologies include: cloud services, IoT sensors, robotics, wireless networking and more. These would be intelligently combined with manufacturing machines to create what is today called “smart factory” or Industry 4.0

Does 3D printing fit into this paradigm? Absolutely. In fact, 3D printing is perhaps one of the most “flexible” means of manufacturing today.

This is what PrintCB is about, high-performance conductive-ink combined with a digital 3D printing technology enabling in-line, smart manufacturing in areas such as electronics, automotive, medical devices and many more.

THE INK

OUR COPPER BASED INK

Copper is a key material in the electrical and electronics industry, it is highly conductive, has good thermal properties and is relatively low cost. This is why printing of copper is well sought by industry. However, there are some physical barriers preventing effective printing of copper mainly due to oxidation considerations.

For this reason, most platforms, either digital or analog, attempting printing conductive traces utilize other elements, typically silver-inks, which are expensive and suffer some other physical disadvantages such as electro migration. This is why we developed our copper-based ink.

ADVANTAGES

Our copper based ink is a high-performance, cost-effective material exhibiting the following properties:

  • Up to 20% of copper’s bulk conductivity
  • Viscosity of ~200,000 cP
  • Print-able using screen-printing or dispensing  
  • IR curing at temperatures of 140°C-200°C for several minutes only
  • Good adhesion to many substrates such as epoxy, polyimide,silicon and others
  • Flexible at low thicknesses
  • Highly compatible with assembly processes and materials used by the current industry

 

The properties listed above also make our copper-ink a strong candidate for future materials Printed Electronics manufacturing utilizing screen-printing techniques.

Have an application in mind that requires copper ink?

Contact us and let’s test it!

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

In order to support the Smart-Manufacturing vision, a digital printing technology has to be in place. PrintCB leverages micro-dispensing technology combined with additional improvements enabling precise printing of our copper-based ink.
The simplicity of our printing-head alongside the high-resolution printing obtained, make it a perfect module for integration in-line with existing production lines. Controller by standard protocol software, this printing-head can apply our copper-ink at discrete locations, fast, seamlessly.

Possible applications for this new digital solution may include: printing of connections, sensors, circuitry repairs, antennas, heat-sinks, IC packaging and more.

Have an application in mind that requires digital-printing of copper ink?

Contact us and let’s test it!

OUR TEAM

Sagi Daren

CEO and Co-Founder

After spending 15 years in various leadership positions including R&D and Engineering in Semiconductors and Nanotechnology companies as well as at HP-Indigo where he managed a demo-center for newly-launched products, Sagi has founded PrintCB with a vision of creating a new, digital platform for electronics manufacturing. Good luck with that. Sagi holds a BSc. and MSc in Chemical/Materials engineering both from the Technion and a MBA from Tel-Aviv University.

YIFTAH KARNI

CTO and Co-founder

Yifath has a 30 year record in developing new technologies in various fields. Starting with the classic metal industry he gradually moved into systems including charged-particle detector engineering, semiconductor capital-equipment development and design of high impact structures for military vehicles. Practically a hardware champion. Yiftah holds a Bsc. In Mechanical Engineering from the Technion, MSc. in Materials Engineering from the Hebrew University and a PhD in system Engineering from Ohio state University.

STEVE DAREN

Co-Founder

Graduate of the University of London and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry and academia. For the past 15 years he has been a consultant and manager of Daren Labs, a R&D company providing solutions to numerous problems of the chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer and plastic industries. Steve is a recognized authority on plastics, polymers, adhesives and flame retardants, the perfect background for developing challenging ink chemistries.

HOTAM LEZEROVICH

System Developer

A 3D printing evangelist. A maker. Although a graduate in Economics, Hotam prints, cuts, codes, assembles and designs “things” whenever he can. Following his successful attempts, as an independent RepRap developer, to build two Delta-type 3D printers, Hotam joined the Fab-Lab IL as 3D Printing Manager and mentor, helping and educating companies and individuals  successfully utilize these tools. Since his joining, Hotam is PrintCB’s hands-on guy, in charge of developing fabrication processes and system development.

CONTACT US

WordPress Lightbox Plugin