LAAS-CNRS targets R&D strategic axis with CeraPrinter F-Serie by CERADROP-MGI


CERADROP (Limoges, France), a MGI Group company, has supplied LAAS-CNRS with one of its state-of-the-art lines, the CeraPrinter F-Serie. The French Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems concentrates its efforts on major scientific orientations for emerging systems and services of the future. To anticipate the major challenges of applications, LAAS-CNRS is oriented on the main scientific axis, based on four disciplines in Computer Science, Robotics, Automatic Control & Micro and Nanosystems. CERADROP has provided this prestigious and innovative laboratory with its cutting-edge equipment for advanced R&D to address the most challenging R&D goals. The business model of CERADROP is based on the design and manufacturing of advanced CeraPrinter platforms for printed electronics and smart 3D printing.

“The high-end equipment provides the users with a flexible solution to design and print complex functional multi-material devices. The offer is based on a materials science strategy and a modular-based scalable concept permitting the customers to select the most appropriate configuration for the tool,” says Nicolas Bernardin, deputy managing director at CERADROP.  “The choice is focused on advanced digital printing technologies in combination with the latest post-processing modules and characterisation units. CERADROP is proud to be selected by LAAS-CNRS.”

The CERADROP instrument is operating in the new MultiFab platform for the additive manufacturing of three-dimensional, high-resolution objects suitable for rapid prototyping, whose areas cover the aerospace industries, aeronautics, electronics, optics or biomedical sectors. The objective of this platform is to set up a 3D printing additive manufacturing platform covering scales ranging from micrometer to macroscopic and in which multi-material can be implemented. This platform will be in very strong interaction with not only academic research, but also with the industrial sector.

“We chose the CeraPrinter F-Serie because, to our knowledge, it is the only machine on the market that offers a varied combination of technologies such as inkjet multi-nozzle and/or single and/or aerosol jet, and integration of up to three online annealing modules such as UV LED, near infrared and photonic,” add Fabien Mesnilgrente and Véronique Conédéra from LAAS-CNRS. “The equipment therefore gives the possibility of depositing various materials ranging from inks filled with nanoparticles to polymers or biological molecules. This is our field of application and our first achievements confirm that we have made the right choice. In addition, our inkjet experience with another manufacturer allowed us to say that the different softwares developed by CERADROP are the most advanced ones. To conclude, the CERADROP teams (commercial, technical and training) were very attentive to our needs. We are very confident for the future because of the strong professionalism of the CERADROP company.”

Caption: The LAAS team in the inkjet area (photo: CERADROP)  

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