When Nano Dimensions announced their DragonFly 3D printer concept, it was a pretty instant hit. After all, what company wouldn’t jump at the chance to print multilayer circuit boards in just a few hours?
The problem was that even with the many 3D printing resources and technology available, the company has struggled to bring the DragonFly to buyers. It’s one step closer now, thanks to a partnership with Flex.
The Flex Partnership
Nano Dimensions has managed to raise millions of dollars in funding, and has also secured all the necessary patents. The only thing lacking was a production partner.
They found that in Flex, although you might be more familiar with the company’s previous name, Flextronics.
Flex bills itself as a sketch to sale solutions company. They specialize in helping their partners bring their ideas to life, and then bringing those products to buyers.
Flex will be the primary manufacturer and distributor of the DragonFly 2020 PCB 3D printer.
Amit Droro, CEO of Nano Dimensions, explained, “We are proud and pleased to work with Flex and we are confident that the company’s high standards, as well as its global reach, will enable Nano Dimension to expedite the process to bring our groundbreaking DragonFly 2020 printer to customers in the US and around the world.
Flex is equally pleased with the arrangement. The company’s director of business development, Rafi Hadad, said, “We are pleased that Nano Dimension is joining our respected list of leading technology companies that have chosen us as a manufacturer of their unique products.
We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Nano Dimension as we begin the process of manufacturing its high-end 3D printer.’
That’s good news for businesses interested in finally having the capability to print multilayer circuit boards in one go. The speed and precision offered by the DragonFly printer are unparalleled on the market today, and will enable the creation of a new range of fully functional electronics.
Nano Dimension is also offering a full line of nano-inks for use with the DragonFly printer. These are proprietary inks that offer a number of different benefits.
For instance, AgCite is a conductive copper ink, which can be used to create circuits within PCBs.
There’s no announcement of a date for the DragonFly to hit the market, but it should be sometime in 2016, which is very good news for manufacturers, designers and developers.