3D printed electronics: a few applications of Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Technology

Optomec can be counted among the rare acknowledged companies for their specialization in 3D printed electronics. The company achieves 3D printed electronics projects using its Aerosol Jet Technology. Carnegie Mellon University for instance, used this system to extend 3D micro-additive manufacturing methods for fully printed conformal sensors, low loss passives and antennas for on-chip and off-chip electronics.

Today, the company announced it recently manufactured smart devices using this technology. This 3D Printed Sensor application was developed with the help of an industrial turbine engine manufacturer. Optomec’s Aerosol Jet system 3D printed strain sensors directly onto turbine blades used for in situ structural health monitoring.

The sensors are composed of a ceramic material that can withstand the very high operating temperatures seen in the hot section of the gas turbine. These sensors can detect deformations in the underlying metal that could ultimately result in an expensive and sometimes catastrophic failure.

In addition to these examples, the Aerosol Jet Technology can also produce 3D printed capacitive touch and temperature sensors and mobile device antennas.

3D printed electronics

3D printed electronics is not an area covered by several companies. Applications are still being discovered and are often limited to very specific industries such as the military sector or defense to name a few.

Until now, these applications are mainly used by developed countries.

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