J.A.M.E.S., or ‘Jetted Additively Manufactured Electronics Sources’, announced the global launch of the FrAMEwork platform to bring together the growing community of designers of Additively Manufactured Electronics (AME).
This joint venture between Hensoldt and Nano Dimension was founded to advance the development of AME through a collaborative space that delivers technical know-how, design enablement and challenges, within a global, diverse community at all levels of expertise.
“Our mission is to provide a space where anyone across the globe can share stories and ideas about AME, exchange technical know-how and designs and enjoy the benefits of real-time communication with AME enthusiasts and professionals,” said Andreas Müller, CEO, J.A.M.E.S. “AME enables new and visionary applications in electronics that cannot be realized with conventional electronics manufacturing, and we strive to enable members to explore new possibilities in 3D.”
In the 90-year history of PCB manufacturing, the production process remains lengthy and is a purely subtractive process, which means, that a lot of material is lost during the manufacturing process. AME is leveraging advanced manufacturing while being more environmentally friendly, as material is only added where it is needed and the waste for the production process is reduced enormously.
AME profits from an increasing availability of new materials, like functional fluids (Inks). J.A.M.E.S collected experience in AME design and processing by using the DragonFly AME 3D printer by Nano Dimension. This inkjet-based printer simultaneously 3D prints a dielectric-ink (photopolymer) and a highly conductive silver nano ink to produce 3D printed AME structures. This allows each individual voxel (3D-pixel) to be either conductive or non-conductive.
“However, this emerging technology can only be taken to a next technical readiness level if we are able to combine different processes, materials and design methods,” said Andreas Salomon, CTO of J.A.M.E.S “This is exactly what J.A.M.E.S is suited for: empowering members of the J.A.M.E.S Community to gain experience with inkjet, micro-dispensing, ceramic printing, aerosol printing and all other processes currently on the market. Merging technologies is the future of AME with a huge potential to completely change the traditional way electronics are manufactured.”
The J.A.M.E.S team has gained a great deal of experience in recent years and has gone beyond the limits of 3D printed electronics. In various exploration projects, J.A.M.E.S engineers have designed and printed fully electrified 3D structures that already give an indication of where this technology is headed in the future.
One of those projects by the J.A.M.E.S team was research into combining various electronics into a single 3D printed drone frame. The team combined a variety of components into the AME drone, including a flight controller, four motor controllers and four motors in one frame.
“This drone also demonstrates the possibilities of miniaturization with AME,” Continued Müller. “Since AME 3D printers can print in microns, the size of the electronics can be significantly reduced while maintaining or exceeding current effectiveness.”