Neotech AMT installs first 15XBT system at NAITEC

The new system is targeted at R&D, rapid prototyping, and the low-volume manufacturing of 3D printed electronics

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Neotech AMT has completed the first installation of its new 15XBT system for 3D printed electronics at NAITEC, in Navarra, Spain. The 15XBT is a replacement model for the company’s best-selling PJ15X – with major upgrades to the mechanics, HMI, and control system, as well as the integration of a new tool calibration station.

The new system is targeted at R&D, rapid prototyping, and the low-volume manufacturing of 3D printed electronics. It combines multiple printing technologies with surface mount device pick and place and 5-axis motion control. Using a standardized, high-performance control system, the 15XBT offers a clear path to series manufacturing for processes developed on the platform.

Neotech AMT installs first 15XBT system at NAITEC - targeting the R&D and rapid prototyping of 3D printed electronics.
Neotech’s new 15XBT multi-material printer.

Through the choice of multiple printing technologies, the 15XBT supports the widest variety of functional materials – conductive inks and pastes, dielectrics, and other functional materials that can be accurately deposited onto complex-shaped, non-planar substrates. Furthermore, the system can also 3D print mechanical structures in thermoplastics, thermosets, and ceramics to enable the production of ‘fully additive’ mechatronics.

“I am delighted that the first 15XBT has been chosen by NAITEC. They are one of the pre-eminent centers of excellence for mobility and mechatronics in Europe, providing innovative and sustainable solutions to a global market,” said Dr. Martin Hedges, Managing Director of Neotech. “The project will enable unique product designs that, for the first time, combine mechanical, electrical, and potentially optical functionality.”

“We are very happy and satisfied installing the new 15XBT multi-material printer in our facilities. We have over 15 years experience in 2D printed electronics and this system is the key piece of equipment we need to be competitive in the emerging sector of 3D printed electronics. We are now equipped to incorporate passive and active electronics to our customer’s components from the automotive and mechatronic sectors. We will help companies to innovate, enhancing their existing products or creating new ones with the disruptive approach of 3D printed electronics,” said Javier Bravo, researcher at NAITEC.

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