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Facilities and Capabilities

The PERC facility dedicated to developing printed electronics occupies the 4th floor of the Saab ETIC. The facility was completed in late 2014 and has been operational since 2015.

Access controls are in place by floor, lab and office for ITAR projects. The facility has 5 labs with a different focus which enable Additive Manufacturing and Printed Electronics project to be created, designed, prototyped, tested and integrated in a single location.

Optomec Printer

Printing Lab

  • Two Optomec Aerosol Jet printers
    • 5-axis and 2D and systems
  • Sonoplot Picoliter Dispenser
  • nScrypt Micropen Dispenser
    • 4-head and single head
  • Nordson Automated Dispensing System
  • HYREL Hydra 16A
  • 3D printers
  • Laser Sintering
  • Contact angle measurement
  • Lamination system
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  • Keyence VHX-5000 Digital Microscope system
  • KLA Tencor Profilometer
  • Keithley/Signatone Pro4 4-point Resistivity Probe System
  • Makerbot 3D printer (2 head)
  • Curing Systems:
    • Fisher Scientific Vacuum Oven
    • Photonic Curing

Microwave Characterization Lab

  • Keysight 50GHz 4 port Network Analyzer
  • 3 portable Fieldfox Network Analyzers (26 GHz, 50 GHz)
  • Three Wafer Probers (Thermal Chuck - 50 to 200 C)
  • Waveguide-based measurement systems
    • Probe Stations
      • Cascade Microtech Inc., Wentworth
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  • Spectrum Analyzers
    • Advantest, Rhode & Schwarz, Agilent
  • Synthesizer Sweeper - 0.01 GHz - 20 GHz
  • Marconi Instruments Low Noise Signal Generator
  • Agilent Vector Signal Analyzer
  • Hewlett-Packard Arbitrary Waveform Generator, Hewlett-Packard
  • Hughes Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier
  • Hewlett-Packard Harmonic Frequency Converter
  • Tektronix 4-Channel digitized Oscilloscope
  • Horn Antennas

Network Analyzer

Antenna Characterization Lab

  • Anechoic chamber and RF shield room
  • X-band Phased Array Weather Radar

Packaging Lab

  • Robotic Arms for printing on 3D objects

Computational Modeling

  • Electromagnetic: ANSYS Multi-physics Computational Suite
  • Structural: Solidworks, AutoCad

Printing Videos

  • Printing using the Optomec Aerosol Jet.