NNDM stock moved higher in pre-market trading on May 19, 2020, after the company announced a breakthrough in electronics 3D printing.
Munich, Germany and Boca Raton, Florida, May 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT together with the leading Additively Manufactured Electronics (AME) / Printed Electronics (PE) provider, Nano Dimension, has achieved a major breakthrough on its way to utilizing 3D printing in the development process of high-performance electronics components. Utilizing a newly developed dielectric polymer ink and conductive ink from Nano Dimension, HENSOLDT succeeded in assembling the world-wide first 10-layer printed circuit board (PCB) which carries high-performance electronic structures soldered to both outer sides. Until now, 3D printed boards could not bear the soldering process necessary for two-sided population of components.
“Military sensor solutions require performance and reliability levels far above those of commercial components.” said HENSOLDT CEO, Thomas Müller. “To have high-density components quickly available with reduced effort by means of 3D printing gives us a competitive edge in the development process of such high-end electronic systems.”
“Nano Dimension’s relationship with HENSOLDT is the type of partnership with customers we are striving for,” commented Yoav Stern, Nano Dimension President & CEO. “Working together and learning from HENSOLDT led us to reach a first-of-its-kind in-depth knowledge of polymer materials applications. Additionally, it guided us in the development of Hi-PEDs (High Performance Electronic Device) that create competitive edges by enabling unique implementations with shortest time to market.”
AMEs are useful to verify a new design and functionality of specialized electronic components before production. AME is a highly agile and individual engineering methodology to prototype a new electronic circuitry. This leads to significant reduction of time and cost in the development process. Furthermore, AME gives a verified and approved design before production starts, leading to higher quality of the final product.
HENSOLDT started working with Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 3D printing system in 2016, in order to examine the possibilities of 3D printing electronics. Last year, HENSOLDT successfully implemented the DragonFly Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) printing technology, the industry’s only additive manufacturing platform for round-the-clock 3D printing of electronic circuitry.
On May 4, 2020, CAD MicroSolutions Inc., a leading service partner and distributor of 3D technology in Canada, signed an Elite Reseller Agreement with Nexa3D to distribute the NXE400 in Canada, reaching a new milestone in its ability to innovate and accelerate the Canadian additive manufacturing industry.
The Nexa3D NXE400 will be added to the CAD MicroSolutions Additive Manufacturing Customer Experience Centre (CEC), home to the world’s best-in-class design and manufacturing brands including SOLIDWORKS, 3DEXPERIENCE, HCL CAMWorks, HP JetFusion, Markforged, Ultimaker, BigRep, Formlabs, Nano Dimension, SWOOD, SMAP, DriveWorks, GOM, Materialize Magics, DyeMansion, and now Nexa3D.
The NXE400 is Nexa3D’s flagship printer; its unmatched capabilities will enable the Canadian engineering and manufacturing community to break the size and speed barriers of traditional additive manufacturing.
It takes current 3D printing speeds from dialup internet to broadband, reaching six times the speed and 2.5 times the volume of all other comparable 3D printers on the market, and printing up to 19 liters of part volume at speeds of up to 1Z centimeter per minute. The NXE400 also features optional washing and curing units that together automate and reduce the time to produce ready-to-use functional prototypes and production parts from hours to just minutes.
Nexa3D recently joined Henkel’s Open Materials Platform with the goal of expanding the capabilities of its ultrafast production stereolithography technology, and announced the availability of Nexa3D 3843-xABS Black with mechanical properties that allow for very accurate prints on Nexa3D printers. The material is ideal for a wide variety of applications including arms, levers and brackets, and other mechanical assemblies used in robotics, automation machinery and manufacturing stations, in addition to parts and systems for a variety of last mile transportation vehicles, including drones.
CAD MicroSolutions’ announcement comes as 3D printing capabilities continue to prove themselves vital in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Just two weeks ago, Nexa3D launched a service to deliver NexaShield PPE, a groundbreaking initiative in the midst of COVID-19 that harnesses the power of 3D printing to produce protective gear for healthcare and other essential workers on the frontlines with capacity to manufacture up to 10,000 face shields per week from its facility in Ventura, CA.
“This is an exciting time for the additive manufacturing team at CAD MicroSolutions and our customers in Canada,” said CAD MicroSolutions President Darren Gornall. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the national news countless stories of how additive manufacturing enabled rapid innovation in the production of PPE. We see the NXE400’s ability to produce production parts in minutes as a game changer.”
“The 3D printing industry is a global endeavor, and its innovation supersedes borders. So, I’m delighted to expand our partnership with Canada and unite the speed, power and capabilities of the Nexa3D brand with the powerful customer relationships and influence of CAD MicroSolutions in Canada,” said Nexa3D CEO Avi Reichental.
With offices in Quebec (Montreal), Ontario (Toronto and Cambridge), Alberta (Calgary), and British Columbia (New Westminster), CAD MicroSolutions has an expansive network of customers nationwide leveraging the SOLIDWORKS portfolio and Dassault 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Driven by their goal to support their clients throughout the entire product development lifecycle, CAD MicroSolutions has formed several new partnerships with leaders in Industry 4.0 technology. It is uniquely positioned to help clients enable innovation across Canada, selling and supporting 3D printing solutions, virtual and augmented reality, as well as design automation software, training and consultation to help clients in mechatronics innovate, design and succeed.
“Our partnership with Nexa3D is geared towards helping our customers break down the barriers of traditional additive manufacturing,” said CAD MicroSolutions Director of Additive Manufacturing Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh. “Partners and clients will have the ability to literally see their parts emerge in minutes.”