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Optomec has announced that its intellectual property (IP) portfolio in the field of additive manufacturing has grown to 35 patents.
This is with the addition of six new patents granted last year, covering inventions for the company's Aerosol Jet technology used for Printed Electronics.
Optomec - which is a leader in additive manufacturing - also announced that it has received notices of allowance for additional patents, which are expected to be granted in 2013.
The new patents included three in the US and three in Asia. Optomec also received protection for its technologies that enable printing of high conductivity circuitry onto temperature-sensitive plastic (low cost) substrated using laser curing techniques.
Optomec's patents have gained traction in a broad range of industries, including energy and life sciences, consumer electronics, defence and aerospace, while its Aerosol Jet solution is used to produce printed electronics, reducing the size and cost of electronic systems by using nano-mateirals to directly print fine feature circuitry, embedded components and miniaturised devices.
In addition, the company received patents in the area of printed passive structures - such as resistors and antenna - as well as tilting to enable printing on 3D surfaces and high-resolution printing for fine feature electronics.
Optomec also received several patents protecting hardware enhancements that enable high throughput printing for high volume manufacturing applications. These include multiplexing strategies for key elements of the Aerosol Jet system, including the atomiser that serves as the input mechanism and the focusing head that defines printed output.
President and Chief Executive Officer at Optomec Save Ramahi said: "Optomec's growing patent portfolio is testimony to the unique and enabling nature of our underlying technology. These recent awards, combined with our broader IP portfolio, help ensure that our customers can enjoy a critical competitive advantage as they adopt our solutions for high volume manufacturing of their own products."