Working with industry leaders to enable new applications
Printed electronics is not just one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas of additive manufacturing technology, but it can also be seen as one of the most democratic in term of cost and access. It is enabling new applications in areas such as wearables, medical and RFID tagging for IoT, as well as having a transformational effect on electronics design for manufacture (DfM) by enabling rapid prototyping, speedier proof-of-concept circuits, up-front design validation, and Agile hardware development.
Automating design rules
Printed electronics manufacturers use Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force DfM Centre and DfM for Inkjet software to automate the process of applying rules for different board technologies, including flex, to improve design quality and manufacturing yields. Design Force is the only design tool that allows specification of unique rules for materials, meaning no extra steps are needed when 3D printing to silver and any other future conductive materials.
Seamless design to 3D printing
Zuken and Nano Dimension, a leader in electronic printing technologies, are working together to give 3D printer users a seamless experience from design to output and optimization, and to reduce prototype turnaround times. Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D printer for multilayer printed circuit boards offers simultaneous design of components made of different materials, and via a SOLIDWORKS add-in, enables design and print of complex, non-planar structures.
Developing standards for non-planar objects
Zuken is helping develop IEC standards for 3D formatting and printing of non-planar objects, and through our partnership with Nano Dimension we are helping define IPC standards in this area.
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If you’ve tracked some of the hot topics in engineering over the last year, you’re likely very aware of 3D printing or additive manufacturing. This method lays down successive layers of plastic or metallic material that then fuses them together. Over time, those successive layers add up to make fully formed components...
CR-8000 is a System-Level PCB & IC Package Design software including 3D Multi-board, Analysis and MCAD Integration
With a robust set of features for data preparation and embedded verification to verify manufacturing specifications, DFM Center addresses the challenges of the manufacturing process.