The DragonFly LDM
The one-stop solution for agile hardware development & innovative electronic circuits
Truly Bringing "Print" to Printed Circuit Boards
Nano Dimension's DragonFly LDM 3D printer is the industry’s only comprehensive additive manufacturing platform for round-the-clock 3D printing of electronic circuitry. The DragonFly LDM uniquely integrates an extremely precise inkjet deposition printer with dedicated nano-inks and optimized 3D software to print electronic circuits such as PCBs, antennas, capacitators and sensors. Incorporating proprietary, state-of-the-art Lights-out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) technology, the DragonFly requires little or no operator intervention.
Quickly move from concept to design validation to production of your precise electronic components with the DragonFly LDM, while keeping the whole process securely in-house. Reduce the demand on prototyping and short-run manufacturing resources and lower the total cost of operation in comparison to using traditional manufacturing methods. Nano Dimension’s DragonFly LDM is designed for Industry 4.0 and manufacturing for the IoT.
- Long uninterrupted printed for increased uptime and improved yield
- Supports 3D printed multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), capacitors, coils, sensors, antennas and more
- Simpler and faster operation for minimal maintenance Switch
- New automatic printhead self-cleaning system
- Offered also as an upgrade for existing DragonFly Pro users
Introducing LDM Technology
Lights-out Digital Additive Manufacturing for Printed Electronics
LDM is a manufacturing technology that enables systems to run around the clock with little to no intervention, allowing users to 3D print more functioning electronic circuitry faster. With the DragonFly LDM, users can now 3D print one-of prototypes in addition to low volume manufacturing of printed electronics.
This technology introduces new advanced printer head software management algorithms and automatic self-cleaning of its print heads every few hours. It’s equipped with real-time automatic material monitoring capabilities to ensure maximized runtime, optimization of overall equipment effectiveness and significantly improved workflow and production processes. The new LDM technology reduces the frequency and duration of scheduled downtime to typically just one weekly maintenance operation.
Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing of Printed Electronics
The ability to simultaneously print in multiple materials is a revolutionary approach that is helping to redefine the electronics of tomorrow for attributes including density, size and flexibility. The DragonFly LDM has two printheads, one for nano-silver conductive ink and the other for dielectric polymer ink, which allows the printer to concurrently print with both advanced inks in a single print job.
The DragonFly LDM inkjet deposition system is setting new precision standards for 3D printed electronics – a perfect fit for industries with the most demanding design and quality requirements, such as aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and more.
The printer is now available for purchase.
Yes, customers who acquired a DragonFly in the past, can purchase a upgrade to the DragonFly LDM.
The maximum size of the PCB is 16 cm X 16 cm x 0.3 cm. The complexity of the PCB for an unattended print depends on the amount of conductive ink necessary to complete the job. The system wizard alerts the user if the ink in the system is insufficient.
The DragonFly LDM can print up to 3mm in thickness. Different designs require different layer thicknesses, so the number of layers printed by the DragonFly depends upon the board design.
While cost depends on the type of board, complexity, and volume of prototyping, some boards could cost as little as $10 to print. That's in comparison to a standard prototype that might cost several thousand dollars. An added benefit of the DragonFly is the time saved, the increased confidentiality and accelerated innovation. The more prototyping, the higher the return on investment. In addition, an in-house 3D system will help change the way you work. Teams will work in parallel, rather than one after the other.
The ink materials are engineered to give close performance to traditional materials. Nanoparticle Silver inks provide conductivity and are solderable. The Nano Dimension dielectric formulations simulate FR4 electrically and in terms of Td and Tg.
Yes, they are compatible with hand soldering, solder glue and vapor/ reflow soldering. We recommend low temperature pastes such as tin bismuth for example.
Yes, interested parties may send a Gerber file, within the Nano Dimension design rules and specifications. We can also provide a coupon under NDA.