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By Beth Bacheldor

Nano Dimension Debuts Silver Nanoparticle Inks for Printed Electronics, Including RFID

Nano Dimension Ltd., a printing electronics firm specializing in 3D printing, has announced its AgCite line of conductive silver nanoparticle inks for inkjet deposition.

The AgCite family of inks sinters at low temperatures, according to the company, and is suited to a range of substrate surfaces, including paper, polymers, glass and a range of coatings, applied using inkjet printing. Nano Dimension can formulate custom inks and change the adhesion, flexibility and hardness to meet the requirements of specific printing processes and applications. The formulation expertise makes AgCite inks applicable for a variety of advanced printed electronics applications, Nano Dimension reports, including RFID, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting, circuits, screen bezels, solar, sensors and other applications requiring high conductivity.

Nano Dimension's AgCite silver nanoparticle ink
The benefits of digital inkjet printing with AgCite inks include the ability to produce with less material and a cleaner process, and a more flexible and precise production process. According to the company, the inks are suitable for use in low-volume applications, operating costs are lower and there are no setup costs.

The benefits and properties of AgCite inks are enabled via a patented, highly efficient and environmentally responsible nanoparticle synthesis process, according to Nano Dimension. The process is licensed through Professor Shlomo Magdassi and Yissum Research Development Co., the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The nanoparticle synthesis process begins with a silver precursor raw material and allows for fine control of the size, shape and distribution of the silver nanoparticles in accordance with customers' printing requirements. This nanoparticle synthesis process, the company indicates, is critical to the types of nanoparticles and ink formulations that can be produced.

Nano Dimension has two fully equipped laboratories: one dedicated to the research and production of conductive silver nanoparticle inks, and the other focused on innovative dielectric nano-inks. In addition to creating specialty inks for customers, the labs are also focused on nano-silver and nano-polymers for Nano Dimension's forthcoming 3D printer for multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB) prototypes, known as the DragonFly 2020.

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