• Jun 17, 16
  • NovaCentrix

NovaCentrix, a global leader in printed electronics technologies, has seen recent success with customers in traditional electronics applications, and brought that experience to drupa in the form of new conductive inks and our patented photonic curing processing equipment. Drupa 2016 was about digital technologies, and we featured our newest digital conductive ink, the Metalon JS-A102 silver-based ink. This ink is suitable for deposition on a wide range of polymers with piezo-electric inkjet heads, and we featured application with heads from Fujifilm Dimatix and Xaar in a roll-to-roll processing format. While this ink can reach attractive performance with traditional thermal processing, it is ideally processed using our own PulseForge photonic curing tools.  Some conditions are achieving sheet resistance as low as 10 milliohms/square. With exceptional adhesion, conductive performance, and jettability, the Metalon JS-A102 was very well received by attendees at drupa.

We also featured our industry-leading PulseForge photonic curing tools. These tools dry, sinter, and anneal electrically-conductive inks at very high temperatures on substrates like polymers and paper, without damaging the substrates. We operated several examples of the newest roll-to-roll configuration of our popular R&D processing tools, the PulseForge 1200/1300. To demonstrate the production capabilities of the PulseForge tools, we also showed a multi-lamp processing unit with over 1 meter of process width.

Finally, we showcased our additive manufacturing collaboration with Orlando-based nScrypt.  The integrated deposition/photonic curing tool provides product designers unprecedented material versatility including traditional polymers as well as metals and even ceramics. This tool just recently received the Innovation Award at RAPID 2016. Drupa 2016 was a tremendous success and we are well-underway in developing the exhibition introductions into post-event business.