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Novacentrix PulseForge® 3200

Development and Production: Metal Inks Processing

The PulseForge 3200 is able to meet or exceed oven performance in a small fraction of the time, process a wide variety of material/substrate combinations, process large areas, integrate with existing and new roll-to-roll systems or conveyors, and work with challenging low-temperature substrates like PET and paper. Because of these attributes, the PulseForge 3200 is the right manufacturing tool for printed electronics developers and manufacturers seeking to cut product costs and improve product innovation.

Description

Advanced Curing for Printed Electronics

The PulseForge 3200 optimizes the application of photonic curing for processing metal-based inks on flexible substrates. Applications include conductive interconnects and patterns for printed photovoltaics, displays, smart packaging, and RFID. The PulseForge 3200 is designed for roll-to-roll and conveyor-based material processing. Whereas ovens require minutes, the PulseForge tool sinters metallic inks in milliseconds on low-cost substrates such as PET and paper. This tool is ideal for full-volume production as well as application development. The PulseForge 3200 is CE marked for use in EU countries.

Application Performance and Versatility

The PulseForge 3200 commercial processing tool dries and sinters printed electronics in a wide-web format with widths from 150 mm (6″) to greater than 4.8 m (192″).The tool is auto-synchronized to line speeds from stationary to over 100 meters/minute (300 FPM), but speeds up to 500 meters per minute are achievable curing thin prints of some inks. The high pulsed power system achieves very high temperatures for very short times in the conductive film, without damaging the underlying low-temperature substrate; e.g. plastic film or paper.

Print Methods
Effective with the most widely used print methods, including inkjet, flexo, gravure, aerosol, and screen print.

Substrates
Processed substrates include PET, paper, polyethylene, polyimide, and many others.

Performance
Conductivity of inks processed in <1 sec with PulseForge 3200 meets or exceeds oven performance.

Resistivity
Resistivities below 15 milliohms/square have been attained with the PulseForge 3200 on PET.

Ink Materials
PulseForge tools enable the use of new ink materials, including Metalon® copper inks.

Development and Manufacturing
PulseForge tools can be used for material and application development as well as volume manufacturing of printed electronic devices.