December 8, 2020 – Orlando, FL: nScrypt delivered a “Factory in a Tool” (“FiT”) manufacturing system to the University of Delaware. From its roots as a private academy in 1743, the institution today is a research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact.
The Electrical and Computer Department of the university plans to use the FiT for the additive manufacture of functional devices with integrated electronics, sensing and radiofrequency communications.
According to Mark Mirotznik, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UDEL: “We selected nScrypt’s Factory in a Tool system because it is honestly the only commercial tool that meets all of our requirements for multi-material and multifunctional AM. nScrypt is unique in the number and quality of the various printing technologies that can be combined within a single integrated platform. That combined with the FiT’s ability to print at high spatial resolution, conformally print on complex 3D surfaces and that it allows us to explore custom material solutions, makes it the perfect fit for our laboratory. This is our 3rd nScrypt and I could not be happier with the purchase and support.”
The University of Delaware selected nScrypt’s fully loaded, 6-axis high-precision motion platform outfitted with one SmartPumpTM tool head, one nFD high-precision material extrusion tool head, a milling/drilling/polishing tool head, and a pick and place tool head with and integrated laser for surface mapping and conformal 3D manufacturing. With 6-axis capability, the 3Dx 700 FiT can microdispense, 3D print, and mill or polish in true 3D, not just in the XYZ planes. The nFD tool head can 3D print the structure or housing of an electronic device, the SmartPumpTM can microdispense conductive traces, the pick and place tool head can add electronic components, and the milling tool head can give the device a fine surface finish, all in 6 axes.
According to nScrypt’s CEO, Ken Church: “This system is much more than just an XYZ 3D printer. Operating in 6 axes, it has true 3D manufacturing capability. This system is perfect for making complete electronic devices with integral electronics in complex shapes and fine surface finish. This Factory in a Tool will place the university at the forefront of direct digital manufacturing.”
The FiT’s SmartPumpTM microdispensing tool head eliminates drooling with pico-liter volumetric control and boasts the widest range of materials available for any microdispensing system: more than 10,000 commercially available materials, ranging from a few centipoise (like water) to millions of centipoise (much thicker than peanut butter). The SmartPump’s™ pen tip has the smallest commercially available diameter, 10 microns.
Orlando, Florida-based nScrypt designs and manufactures award-winning, next-generation, high-precision microdispensing, 3D Manufacturing, and biomanufacturing equipment and solutions for industrial applications, with unmatched accuracy and flexibility. Serving the printed electronics, electronics packaging, solar cell metallization, communications, printed antenna, life science, chemical/pharmaceutical, defense, space, 3D printing, and bioprinting industries, our equipment and solutions are widely used by the military, academic and research institutes, government agencies and national labs, and private companies. The nScrypt BAT Series Bioprinter, which won the 2003 R&D 100 award, launched to the International Space Station in July 2019. www.nScrypt.com.