Disrupted Materials Science – electronic ink for 3D printing

Ability for 3D printers to be able to print electronics increases credibility even further

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The ability of 3D printers to be able to move beyond printing using just ABS plastic filaments presages its ability to hugely disrupt global manufacturing. Recent advances in materials science for 3D printing include printing with metal and wonder material, graphene, enabling 3D printing to move beyond the fast creation of working 3D prototypes and into small scale manufacturing.

The missing material component has been electronics – now a well funded startup appears to be on the way to cracking that problem. . . taking 3D printing to another disruptive level.

3DPrint has recently reported that Nano Dimension raised an $11m funding round for electronics ,3D printing, and inks.

Here’s 3D Printing with Electronics:

“One sign that an industry is about to see explosive growth is when investors begin pouring money into startups before they even have a product ready for market. Over the last year and a half, we have seen a substantial amount of investment taking place within the 3D printing space, whether it’s through private equity funding, venture capital, or even crowdfunding. Millions upon millions of dollars are being pumped into startups in a race to see who can help fund the next multi-billion dollar company.

One such investment was announced today by a company we covered about six weeks ago, Israeli-based startup Nano Dimension. The company, which just recently announced their multi-layer 3D printed circuit board fabrication system, the Dragonfly 2020, may have just received the shot in the arm they need for the rapid roll out of their printer and subsequent business model.

With approximately $1.8 million in the bank, and a very comprehensive business plan, the company got just what they needed, NIS 44 million (approximately $11 million) in cash to help them realize their goals as they prepare for a Wall Street listing. The funding will take place via a private placement at NIS 5.5 per share, which is the average trading price of their stock over the last two months. As a part of the deal, investors will also receive options to purchase additional shares (50% of what they have been allocated) for a 30% premium to the current share price, for a period of two years.

“This is a significant sum, which will make it possible for the company to attain its business goals in the coming years,” explained Nano Dimension CEO Amit Dror. “After the launch of the company’s first-generation printer, we are preparing to work with select clients, and begin commercial production of the company’s unique ink.”

The company believes that the current investment will provide them with enough working capital for at least two years. The board of directors has decided to immediately list their shares within the US as an American Depositary Receipt (ADR), noting the importance of such a listing as the US is their primary target market for their printers and inks.

The Dragon 2020 3D PCB printer strays quite a bit from traditional PCB machines in that it can print in multiple layers (up to 10) making it the perfect tool for the prototyping of sophisticated electronics and even small batch manufacturing. The company’s proprietary conductive inks are also an impressive part of their current portfolio and are now commercially available.

Currently, Nano Dimension is trading in Israel at a market cap of NIS 158 million (just under $40 million), making this investment quite a big deal for a company who had a net loss in the first quarter of approximately NIS 3 million on absolutely no revenue. It will be quite interesting to see how quickly the company is able to ramp up production and begin realizing revenue in the months to come. 

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