Nano Dimension launches its PCB printer software package “Switch”
7 July, 2016
The initial version of the software will be integrated in Nano’s Dragonfly 2020 3D printer, enabling engineers and developers to manage and edit PCB files, which can be printed directly by the printer
Nes Ziona, Israel based 3D printer developer and producer Nano dimensios announced it completed the development of its initial version of its software package “Switch”. The software aims to simplify the move from a Gerber file to a printable file. The Software allows for the right production files to be created for printing electronic circuits using the company’s DragonFly 2020 3D printer. This printer is currently in development, and will use integrates software as well as proprietary inks, allowing it to quickly create functioning circuit board (PCB) prototypes.
Nano Dimension’s new software supports a range of customary formats that are used in the electronics industry, such as Gerber files, VIA and DRILL files. It also has a unique interface which displays Gerber files and an accurate and detailed description of the PCBs structure, which helps with a highly precise conversion to a 3D file format. By using the software, the user of the DragonFly 2020 3D printer will be able to edit and prepare multilayer 3D files for printing. 3D printed circuit prototypes could help speed up the development process for new technology, instead of relying on more time consuming, costly processes.
Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension, noted: “We are thrilled to announce the completion of the development of the initial version of our 3D printer software which presents a new dimension for creating and designing electronic circuits. In order to minimize production time, Nano Dimension strives to provide its customers a comprehensive solution to 3D print multilayer PCB prototypes: our novel 3D printer, advanced conductive and dielectric nano-inks, and now – an advanced software package for the management, editing and printing of electronics files. The software is designed to allow the engineer to create the production files for automat 3D printing, with no intermediate files. It’s now easy to ‘Switch’ from Gerber to 3D files.”
A leading innovator in 3D printing Arena
Nano Dimensions developed the Dragonfly, a 3D printer enabling the use of advanced nanoparticle conductive and dielectric inks for rapid prototyping of complex multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs). The process is based on the use of polymeric materials to create insulating layers, and conductive silver ink for the electrical conductors.
Founded in 2012, Nano Dimension has a strong position in the emerging market of PCB 3D printing. Last month, the company and San Francisco based Fathom announced a collaboration on introduction of Nano Dimension’s Dragonfly 3D printer to the US. West cost – the very heart of American High-Tech industry.