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French ceramics innovator CTTC installs nScrypt Factory in a Tool

CTTC will use the microdispensing platform to 3D print conductive materials

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Florida-based nScrypt this week announced it has delivered its Factory in a Tool (FiT) platform to the Center for Technology Transfers in Ceramics (CTTC) in France. The system, a high-precision microdispensing platform, will be used by the advanced ceramics organization to print fine conductive lines conformally on various substrates, enabling it to advance its work with electronic materials.

The CTTC is now operating a 3Dn-Tabletop (Single-Head), multi-material, precision ball screw motion platform equipped with a rotary stage, SmartPump microdispensing tool head and nVision cameras for in-process inspection. The FiT platform also comes with a point laser height sensor for Z-tracking and mapping for conformal printing onto a wide range of substrates.

CTTC nScrypt ceramics
nScrypt’s 3Dn-Tabletop FiT platform

“We selected nScrypt’s 3Dn-Tabletop machine because it meets the needs of our electronics materials project and it expands our technological portfolio of Direct Writing Printers,” explained Dr. Olivier Durand, CEO of CTTC, a specialist in advanced ceramics based in Limoges, France.

CTTC, which collaborates with many public research labs and industrial partners, develops solutions in the field of advanced ceramics, including high performance ceramic materials, ceramics manufacturing processes and the additive manufacturing of ceramic and multi-material components. Its newly acquired FiT platform from nScrypt will allow it to pursue further research by printing conductive lines on substrates of almost any shape.

“This machine’s SmartPump can microdispense more than 10,000 commercially available materials,” added Ken Church, CEO of nScrypt. “We have sold machines to many universities and labs around the world, and we are honored that an organization as respected and technologically advanced as CTTC has selected our platform for precision microdispensing of conductive materials. This machine is perfect for printing electronic materials, conformally on virtually any surface.”

The FiT system’s SmartPump mechanism is unique within the industry, not only for its wide material compatibility (ranging from water to materials thicker than peanut butter) but also because it has the smallest commercially available pen tip diameter (10 microns).

In November 2019, NASA acquired its third FiT platform from nScrypt, which it has been using to print conductive materials to support intelligent flight systems research at its Langley Research Center (LARC).

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