Voltera launches ‘world’s first printer’ for comfortable, stretchable electronics

Voltera, a pacesetter in printed electronics expertise, introduced in October the launch of NOVA, a brand new platform for printing versatile hybrid electronics.

NOVA makes use of direct write expertise to print circuits on comfortable, stretchable and conformable surfaces.

“This primary-of-its-kind benchtop machine unlocks speedy versatile hybrid electronics prototyping and the power to experiment with customized inks and all kinds of substrates,” stated Alroy Almeida, CEO and co-founder of Voltera. “NOVA is already getting used to innovate how humankind explores deep area, to develop printed, on-skin sensors for medical imaging, and to prototype clothes that may measure your coronary heart price but can undergo the light cycle in your washer.”

NOVA’s precision extrusion expertise might help conduct analysis and develop “merchandise of the longer term”, by enabling speedy benchtop iteration in keeping with Voltera, resulting in extra dependable outcomes, sooner growth occasions, and decrease prices.

“With NOVA, we are able to make units and align them to sub 10-micron precision, which is crucial to the whole lot that we do,” stated Alex Kashkin, Graduate Researcher, Velasquez Group at MIT. “If we’ve got a 20-micron deviation, our units explode. We’d like a number of precision, we have to have tuned supplies, and NOVA permits each.

Kashkin is utilizing NOVA to develop printed electron sources for neutralising ionic thruster plumes in low-earth orbit. Voltera says that NOVA crosses the bridge between ;what researchers can do and what they need they may do.’

“I feel the place this form of expertise, NOVA, will shine is in purposes that weren’t attainable earlier than. You shouldn’t battle or attempt to compete with silicon chips or PCBs. It is best to attempt to make one thing that’s not possible with these applied sciences,” stated Gerd Grau, Director of the Electronics Additive Manufacturing lab at York College, who’s utilizing NOVA within the growth of on-skin biomedical tattoo electrodes.

Voltera says that whereas subtractive methodologies are nice for conventional electronics, the way forward for electronics is versatile, which suggests the way forward for electronics is additive. In keeping with the corporate, as a direct-write, digital printer, NOVA permits innovation with out requiring the tooling and excessive prices related to display printing.

With out utilizing display printing, NOVA permits for speedy design iteration whereas providing increased efficiency than different additive prototyping choices corresponding to inkjet, says Voltera. It is usually higher for the atmosphere as a result of there’s much less waste and materials contamination, alongside the power to print circuits on eco-friendly supplies, corresponding to biodegradable substrates, in keeping with Voltera.

The NOVA features a Good Dispenser cartridge which might be full of a desired materials, then calibrated with the semi-automated calibration process to start printing in minutes in keeping with the corporate. The imaginative and prescient system incorporates a camera-based alignment and AR print overlay options. The system is also constructed to incorporate two quick-swap module ports, drop-in fixturing, and elective ethernet, USB and WiFi connectivity.

Voltera launched its first printer, the V-One, in 2015, after a profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign. 

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