Nano Dimension has announced that its Nano Dimension Technologies subsidiary has signed a collaboration agreement with Ramot at Tel Aviv University, to collaborate on the development of an application method for a nanoparticle nickel material developed at the University Labs.
A team of researchers headed by Professor Gil Markovich, head of the department of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University, will be working to develop new ink formulations using Nickel, that are tailored to Nano Dimension's printing technologies and a wide range of new 3D printing applications.
Nickel is a metal with excellent mechanical properties and very high corrosion resistance properties, ideally suited for printing applications. However, when utilising inks made from nickel nanoparticles for inkjet printing, the main problem is the formation of particle clusters that can clog the printer head nozzles.
Now, researchers at Professor Markowitz's labs have developed a unique method to produce a stable suspension of nickel nanoparticles that do not cluster. This was achieved using a wet chemical synthesis process, based on the reduction reaction of the nickel compounds and the presence of a capping agent which formed the final product, well defined nickel nanoparticles.
. Implementing this innovative technology with Nano Dimension's 3D printing process will make it possible to embed sensors within the layers of a PCB, a process not possible with conventional manufacturing, opening up a world of possibilities for the monitoring of various energies and their derivatives, such as capacitance, magnetism, temperature and radiation.
Nano Dimension recently unveiled the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, designed to be the ultimate rapid prototyping tool for professional electronics. The machine is capable of printing a complete multilayer PCB, including all interconnections between layers, using its revolutionary inkjet printer and highly conductive, proprietary AgCite nano-inks and dielectric nano-inks and is expected to be on the market by the end of this year.