Additive Manufacturing Center

The Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) is
devoted to the advancement of mass production by AM

Additive Manufacturing Center

The Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) is
devoted to the advancement of mass production by AM


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By leading the world with AM, we aim to make AM a major manufacturing method in Electronics, Healthcare, Textile and Optics.

*AM(Additive Manufacturing) uses inkjet and other printing technologies to selectively stack materials onto desired areas.

Services and Support


Services and Support
  • Ink Discharge Evaluation
    We will verify whether the ink is discharged correctly from the inkjet printhead.
  • Print Evaluation
    We will verify whether circuitry and patterns are printed correctly onto the substrate by the inkjet printing device.
  • Prototyping
    We will use inkjet printing to jointly prototype the desired circuitry, biosensors and the like.
  • Contract Manufacturing
    Based on the prototyping results, the manufacturing of the product may be outsourced to us starting from small lots.
 

The Four Areas Trargeted by the AMC

AMC aims to promote AM in all industries, with a particular focus on the following areas

Electronics
Evolution of compatible materials
Ink
Metal Nanoparticles Inks, Catalyst ink, insulating materials (SR ink, etc.), carbon inks (CNT, etc.), transparent conductive material inks (PEDOT, etc.), glowing inks (for LEC, etc.), solar cell related materials, semiconductor inks, pretreatment agents (primers, etc.), decorative printing inks, etc.
Substrate
PET,PI,PC,Materials with good electrical properties, biocompatible materials, disposable materials, etc.
Technological applications for P-Flex®
Development of IMPC™ related technologies (resin housing, wiring, connector integrated molding, etc.)
Healthcare
electrochemical sensor
electrochemical sensor
Ag/AgCl bioelectrodes
Ag/AgCl bioelectrodes
Biosensors, etc.

Enzymes, Transducers, mediators, insulating layers, etc.


With the present manufacturing method (silk screen printing), the simultaneous coating of multiple enzymes is limited by contamination issues during printing and drying as enzymes for biosensors are deactivated at high temperatures. Inkjet printing provides an attractive solution including in terms of productivity.

Textile
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The use of inkjet printer in textiles is one of the sector that has grown enormously in the last 5-10 years. It has already become a major dyeing method, especially in Europe, where it is appreciated for its low environmental impact. EPSON's print heads are also widely used in this field, and if we developed some kind of functional ink, there are many potential users who would be able to use them immediately.



Expected functionalities
  • Addition of Dyeing
  • Addition of textures (hardness, sharpness, punchiness, etc.)
  • Addition of antibacterial, waterproofing, deodorant and other properties.
Optics

This is a field in which the functions of an optical system is added to transparent materials with a controled refractive index by placing them in desired areas. In particular, there is great expectation for applications in GRIN lenses where shapes that can only be achieved by AM can be useful in a wide range of scenes.

Expected functionalities
・Freedom in setting of refractive index (GRIN lens, etc.)
・High transparency
・Cuts specific frequencies

Articles concerning the AMC

“Additive Manufacturing Center” page is now available.
Additive Manufacturing Center
"Additive Manufacturing Center" page is now available.By leading the world with Additive Manufacturing (AM), we aim to make AM a major manufacturing method in Electronics, Healthcare, Textile and Optics.
[Inkjet Lab Vol.1] Let’s Make an Origami Crane Fly by Itself!
紙で折った鶴を自力で飛ばそう!
[Inkjet Lab Vol.1] The first experiment will be to make an origami crane fly by itself. I decided upon this project as I thought it'd be fun to see an origami crane flutter its wings and fly away.
Launch of the Additive Manufacturing Center (2)
Launch of the Additive Manufacturing Center
I'd like to follow up on my last post by mentioning that I noticed some key words that keep popping up in the research done by explorers who keep hacking home printers and trying different things!That key word is biosensors.
【Ink Discharge Evaluation Service blog : 3】Introducing the Personnel Behind Elephantech’s Inkjet Technology
斉藤さん
How does the ink get discharged from the inkjet head? What kind of waveform will allow the ink to be discharged in a clean and efficient manner? If any such question arises, please feel free to contact me.
Launch of the Additive Manufacturing Center (1)
最初のキックスターターの時の様子
We established the Additive Manufacturing Center (“AMC”) in April of 2020 and, having in June welcomed Mr Kawamoto on loan from Mitsui Chemicals as the center’s director, we’re all set to start operations.
【Ink Discharge Evaluation Service blog : 2】Video presentation of Epson’s inkjet machine for R&D purposes.
R&D用インクジェット装置
Here is an overview of Epson’s inkjet machine for R&D purposes used for our Ink Discharge Evaluation Service.
【Ink Discharge Evaluation Service blog : 1】Inkjet characteristics and evaluation
Announcing Launch of Ink Discharge Evaluation Service
Elephantech has launched an inkjet characteristics evaluation service using Epson's highly acclaimed, high-performance PrecisionCore printhead to run the following tests.
【Video】Ink Discharge Test : Reproducing the printing process for mass-production
銀インクを印刷し、銀インク層を形成するプロセスです。
Ink ejection test of a single-sided FPC P-Flex® manufacturing process Replicating the printing process of a mass production line. Here's a video.
【Press Release】Announcing the Appointment of a New Director of the Additive Manufacturing Center From Mitsui Chemicals
【Press Release】Announcing the Appointment of a New Director of the Additive Manufacturing Center From Mitsui Chemicals
Elephantech is pleased to announce that, as of June 1, 2020, the company has welcomed Mr Kawamoto on a temporary transfer from Mitsui Chemicals as the new director of its Additive Manufacturing Center.
Launch of Ink Discharge Evaluation Service in Anticipation of the Expansion and Social Implementation of Additive Manufacturing
ink discharge evaluation service
Launch of Ink Discharge Evaluation Service in Anticipation of the Expansion and Social Implementation of Additive Manufacturing

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Message from Mr Satoshi Kawamoto, director of the AMC.

Message from Mr Satoshi Kawamoto, director of the AMC.

Greetings. My name is Kawamoto and I was appointed on the 1st of June as the director of the Additive Manufacturing Center.
While Elephantech has already started shipping its "Single-sided Flexible PCB P-Flex®" made by the Pure Additive™ method to the world, the AMC will be promoting a "new way of manufacturing" by advancing the use of inkjet printing and Additive Manufacturing in the fields of electronics as well as healthcare, textiles and optics.

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