NovaCentrix an Austin, Texas based company develops and manufactures equipment for annealing and sintering of thin films for printed electronics and related applications. Novacentrix is offering equipment for high temperature processing on low temperature substrates. It also offers metal and metal-oxide based nano-inks.

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NovaCentrix' products are at the forefront of innovation for printed electronics tools and materials.  For NovaCentrix, its not enough to just talk about innovation: we want to deliver.  So, we offer off-the-shelf formulations of our Metalon conductive inks which can be ordered in sample quantities economically and with priority shipment.  Prior to purchase, our PulseForge tools can be evaluated at our facility with minimal arrangements, at noted events in the US, Europe, and Asia, or through a flexible lease program.  We routinely work with global organizations as well as start-ups and institutes on projects ranging from initial concept exploration all the way to full production.  And just as the printed electronics space is quickly evolving, we can adapt and shift our product capabilities as required.

PulseForge Invent

Highly Configurable for Academic Budgets and Advanced R&D

NovaCentrix is excited to announce the release of our newest photonic curing system: the PulseForge Invent®. This state-of-the-art photonic curing system is highly configurable for academic budgets and advanced R&D, for development in applications like sensors, displays, circuits, and photovoltaics.

Printed and flexible hybrid electronics development continues to move quickly in markets such as wearables, packaging, and automotive. At NovaCentrix we work with customers who have a wide range of processing requirements. Accordingly, the PulseForge Invent is our most versatile platform yet.

PulseForge 1200/1300

Research and Development Tools

The NovaCentrix PulseForge 1200 photonic curing tool processes high-temperature materials on low-temperature substrates, and is optimized for use in materials and applications development. Key features and a low price point make it ideal for tight lab spaces and budgets. Based on the same engineering found in the production-capable PulseForge 3200 tools, the process conditions developed with the PulseForge 1200 will be sure to scale straight into pilot and volume production. When combined with NovaCentrix's SimPulse™ thermal stack simulation package for predicting the time-temperature history of each layer in a thin film stack during photonic curing, the PulseForge 1200 comprises the ideal R&D platform for photonic curing development.

PulseForge 3200/3300

Development and Production

NovaCentrix launched the PulseForge 3300 to address the need for processing printed Si inks, both for printed logic as well as for photovoltaic applications, on low-temperature substrates. In keeping with the modular architecture established for the PulseForge 3100, the PulseForge 3300 is designed for roll-to-roll and conveyor-based materials processing. The PulseForge 3300 is optimal for application development as well as full-volume production.

The PulseForge 3300 commercial processing tool is capable of delivering a maximum peak power to the target materials in excess of 100 kW/cm2. This type of power delivery is required to achieve the very-high surface heating of the target semiconductor materials, without damaging the underlying low- temperature substrates such as plastic film.

The PulseForge 3300 is designed to deliver exposures as short as 30 microseconds. This range of process duration is too short for mechanical shuttering, so the PulseForge 3300 accomplishes this by exact control of the voltage and current delivered to the proprietary lamps.

The PulseForge 3300 has a maximum pulse rate of >1kHz. This enables production speeds far faster than most current applications require.

PulseForge Roll-to-roll

R2R Speed and Flexibility

NovaCentrix offers the PulseForge 1200 and 1300 configured as a standalone Roll to Roll print and cure system. This low cost configuration offers entry into continuous manufacturing with pneumatic/electrical roll handling, precise digital tension control, digital web alignment, flexographic printing, near infrared drying, and PulseForge curing at speeds up to 30 meters/minute. Inkjet configurations are available at additional cost.

PulseForge 1200 and 1300 tools can also be configured for integration with existing web-handling or conveyor based equipment. These tools are used for manufacturing R&D and scale-up, including for pilot line production of continuous-web products.

Process conditions developed using the Roll to Roll configuration can be transferred directly for use with the full-scale PulseForge 3200 and 3300 production tools.

Metalon

Conductive Inks

Metalon conductive inks capitalize on advanced materials and formulation to provide conductivity options for additive manufacturing of printed electronics like photovoltaic devices, RFID, smart cards/labels, displays, and advanced packaging. Utilizing nanoparticles and flakes, Metalon inks are formulated for specific applications and print methods. Variants already developed include silver inks suitable for application by inkjet, flexographic printing, and gravure. True copper inks are also available for screen, flexographic, or gravure application. In conjunction with the PulseForge® technology also from NovaCentrix, these inks can be applied to substrates such as plastic films, and even paper.

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