September 19, 2023
Burlingame, CA-based nano3Dprint, an additive manufacturing solutions provider, has launched its MatDep Pro 3D multimaterial and electronics printer. The MatDep Pro is made for engineers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders. Starting now, 50 units will be available to select consumers via application.
With the largest build volume of all nano3Dprint’s systems (14.17x9.84x7.87 in., 360x250x200 mm), the MatDep (materials disposition) Pro is capable of creating electronics with dynamic or active properties, including conductivity, magnetism or responsiveness to stimuli, as well as devices with locally tailored composition, structure and properties. Materials can be used on various substrates to create electrical connections between components or to form patterns of electrodes, wires or traces and embed them within fused deposition modeling designs.
The MatDep Pro’s FDM extruder and materials dispensing system adds conductive and functional inks/pastes into a 3D design in a single pass. Users can print plastics (FDM materials like ABS and PLA) using the extruder while introducing advanced, highly conductive inks (gold, silver, etc.) and pastes (silicone, polymers, etc.).
The extruder and materials dispensing system move independently. Ramsey Stevens, CEO of nano3Dprint, says that the MatDep Pro minimizes the amount of cross-contamination. “The independent motion of the print heads prevents cross contamination and offers better print quality, speed and reliability,” says Stevens.
MatDep Pro Features include an industrial linear guide, which yields stable and precise movement control; a flexible magnetic build mat for easy removal of finished prints; and nozzle cleaning stations for both the FDM extruder and the materials dispensing system. The printer’s housing is made of steel construction, providing structural rigidity, less vibration and more precise print head movement.
“A major benefit of 3D printing with functional materials is creating electronics that can conform to different shapes and surfaces. This opens up new possibilities in wearable technology, smart textiles, biomedical devices or conformal supercapacitors, for example. Users can design and produce their own electronics on-demand, without the need for expensive and specialized equipment or facilities,” Stevens adds.
The printer sells for $8,800 and requires a $500 refundable deposit. To learn more about the MatDep Pro, or fill out a purchase application, visit the MatDep Pro webpage.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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