The MTC has developed an alternative manufacturing process for 3D printing of electronics that is able to deposit conductive tracks on conformal geometries for common and high-performance 3D printing polymers. The technique utilises an ultra-short pulse laser activation, surface chemical treatment and a conventional electroless plating process.
Conventional manufacturing of electronic systems have limited design freedom and customisation. Additive manufacturing (AM) technique can address these issues but cannot yet achieve the required functionality, miniaturisation and reliability for modern electronic systems.
The laser-based printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing technique can significantly reduce the processing time/steps while improving the circuitry miniaturisation, design customisability and environmental impact. Such advantages make this technique a robust and reliable candidate for building conformal PCB prototype units with a shorter lead time.
The MTC has enabled the capability for 3D printing of electronics on common, and high-performance 3D printing polymers via two laser-based surface activation solutions: