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PulseForge® 1300

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Higher Power, More Material Options

The PulseForge 1300 from NovaCentrix is the state-of-the-art photonic
curing tool for research and development. Designed to reflect the
experiences of our own team of scientists, the PulseForge 1300
incorporates features determined to be essential for peak performance.
With advanced multi-touch user interface and wide control of
processing parameters, users can quickly optimize material
configurations and process conditions.

Engineered for Performance, Built for Use

The engineers who created the PulseForge 1300 emphasized safety throughout the design process. Some features, like the redundant optical shrouding around the lamp assembly and the multiple EMO safety pull-switches are readily apparent. Others, such as the sealed and gasketed sample processing chamber, the redundant panel/enclosure interlocks, and the numerous software system checks are less obvious.

More Peak Power

The state-of-the-art PulseForge 1300 photonic curing tool has been upgraded to deliver 40% more peak power. The PulseForge 1300 now features up to 35 kW/cm2 of user-selectable delivered peak radiant power- the highest delivered peak power available in any photonic curing tool currently in production anywhere in the world. In addition, the average power delivery and the total energy delivery have been substantially increased.

When combined with NovaCentrix’s SimPulse® digital pulse-shaping technology, the more powerful PulseForge 1300 platform improves processing of ceramics, semiconductors, and other high temperature metals on glass or other high temperature substrates, at industrial rates. This same ultra-high power technology is also now available in the PulseForge 3300, the industrial version of the PulseForge 1300, so that process conditions developed in R&D can be immediately applied to production.

Predict – Test – Monitor – Measure – Modify

The design and features of the PulseForge 1300 allow users to quickly iterate through the development process.

Simulate the photonic curing process using the included SimPulse® photonic curing simulation, users can very quickly model the range of resulting thermal profiles from any exposure condition. Learn more about SimPulse.
Adjust All Production Parameters. To control the state-of-the-art PulseForge 1300, our engineers created a state-of-the-art interface that allows users to manage and monitor all aspects of operation. Key sections include power controls with emergency stop indicator, pulse parameters, operating mode parameters, pulse profile graphic, system messages, photodiode display, and various system status and position indicators. Using the pulse settings for example enables the user to set pulse durations as short as 25 microseconds with increments as low as 1 microsecond, and pulse gaps as low as 20 microseconds with increments of 1 microsecond.
For R&D, it is not just the results that matter, but also how to get there and what is happening to the materials along the way. That’s why the PulseForge 1300 is designed and built with flexible data ports and integrated data processing for optional instrumentation accessories. The data ports provide the user the flexibility to utilize their own custom instrumentation. As a standard accessory, a bolometer for measuring the exposure energy is provided.
With the data collected from SimPulse and from the PulseForge 1300 processing, users can easily adjust the process conditions, or revise the details of their target materials: virtually or in reality.


SimPulse Thermal Simulation

Developed especially for PulseForge tools and applicable to all thermal processing methods, this simulation package is standard on the PulseForge 1300. SimPulse is an invaluable design tool for predicting processing results, allowing users to close the loop. Learn more about SimPulse.

Integrated Power Supply and Switching

Unsatisfied with the limited capabilities of power supplies available on the market, NovaCentrix engineers developed our own. The power supplies for the PulseForge 1300 are based on those developed for the full-size PulseForge tools, ensuring the scalability of results obtained with the R&D-scale equipment. By building them to a standard size format, they can be easily upgraded or updated to remain state-of-the-art.

Easy-Access Connections

The PulseForge 1300 provides signal outputs from sample stage instrumentation. As well as, flow controllers for adjustment of cooling air and inert purge.
Peak radiant power delivered (kW/cm2) 35
Max radiant energy delivered (J/cm2) 100
Max voltage to lamp(s) 950
Effective max linear processing speed (meters/min)* 30
Curing dimension per pulse (mm)** 75 x 150
Max area cured per sample (mm)** 300 x 150
Pulse length range (microseconds)**** 25–100,000
Pulse length increment (microseconds) 1
Minimum pulse spacing (microseconds) 20
Max pulse rate >kHz
Output spectrum (nm) 200–1500
Uniformity of exposure (point to point) +/- 2% or better

*Dependent on pulse conditions
**Excluding edge effect
***Process width can be readily configured from 150mm to over 4800mm
****After 20,000 the additional energy delivered is negligible

Per-pulse exposure area (mm): 75 x 150                               
Maximum processing area (mm): 300 x 150                               
Peak process speed (fpm): 32
SimPulse integrated advanced thermal simulation  
Digital pulse shaping technology                
Integrated NIST-traceable bolometer for quantitative radiant exposure measurement  
Process conditions immediately transferable to production level tools  
Automated process condition logging  

1200 Introduction

New Copper Ink for Screen Printing

Printed Electronics Curing Copper Ink in Milliseconds

Enabling Printed Electronics

Pinaffo Pluvinage

Applying Screen Print Ink onto Sample
to Make Conductive Heater Print

Curing Conductive Printed Heater

Finished Product: Printed Conductive
Heater and LED Lamp

Supplies Needed for Printing
Conductive Heater

Supplies Needed for Printed
Electronics Sensor

Printing a Door Sensor for
Smart Home Applications

Photonic Curing of Door Sensor
for Smart Home Applications



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Headquartered in Austin, TX, NovaCentrix offers industry leading photonic curing tools, conductive inks, material and expertise enabling development and production of next generation printed electronic devices.

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