Pilot Line for Laser Enabled Printed Electronics and Biosystems

The Pilot line for laser enabled printed electronics and biosystems is a bespoke equipment set designed to incorporate key functionalities of advanced subtractive and additive manufacturing. The system enables the realisation of both bio-fabricated and electronically fabricated components using integrated scalable digital manufacturing methods. Microfluidics, printed electronics and printed biomaterials can all be incorporated, using this system, on a single device.
The three-module glove box combines both precision additive and precision subtractive processes to realise next generation thermally, electrically and optically activated smart devices or tissue engineered lab-on-a-chip devices.

This facility, located in the NCLA Laser Laboratory at NUI Galway, provides the opportunity to efficiently produce prototypes using scalable pilot production, significantly enhancing the translation of R&D concepts into product prototypes.

Multi-functional, multi-material, smart devices can be manufactured, leveraging ultra-short and laser and low temperature materials processing. The pilot line is capable of processing metals, ceramics, organics, nano-materials and biodegradable electronics. The system is reconfigurable through utilisation of the latest CAD/CAM packages for tool control and simulates high-throughput scalable processes on either cylindrical or planar geometries.

Fast Facts for Pilot Line for Laser Enabled Printed Electronics and Biosystems

Market Segment

  • Range of sectors interested in flexible electronics.
  • Medical devices: new therapeutic and diagnostic devices, such as smart wound care or lab-on-a-chip.

Challenges:

  • To demonstrate a cost-effective end-to-end process for smart device manufacturing using advanced subtractive and additive manufacturing technologies.
  • To facilitate the development of prototypes for printed electronics and printed biomaterial components.

Solution:

  • Bespoke Pilot line solution that incorporates state-of-the-art technology solutions to develop laser-enabled printed electronics and biosystems

Commercial Benefit:

  • New product development.
  • Process development, from concept through to simulation of scaled-up system.

Specifications

  • M-Solv scanned mask imaging (SMI) system using Lumentum DPSS UV laser
  • Harder & Steenbeck XL2000 pneumatic spray
  • Fujifilm Dimatix Sapphire inkjet printheads
  • SPI G4 EP-S IR fibre laser
  • Poly-Pico micro-dispenser