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ioTech Group Launches Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition Technology

Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition
Above: Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition 3D printer/Image Source: ioTech Group

ioTech Group Ltd, a future shaping start-up, has introduced the world’s first Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (CLAD) additive manufacturing technology. The first system is dedicated to the electronics additive manufacturing industry.

The speed and capacity of the technology delivers complete commercial solutions across multiple industries and holds great potential for mass-manufacturing applications such as semiconductor packaging and printed circuit boards, manufacturing and assembly.

Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (CLAD) Technology

Above: Introduction to CLAD technology/Video Source: ioTech Group/YouTube

ioTech’s system has been engineered to be simple and robust, with minimum maintenance. Manufacturing using CLAD’s breakthrough technology consists of three main steps:

  • Material micro-coating onto a foil
  • Pulse-laser jetting onto the substrate
  • Multi-function inline post-processing

Coating and jetting include micron precision and continuous closed loop monitoring. The integrated in-line post-processing includes UV and thermal curing as well as laser sintering and ablation, enabling fast production of end-use parts in very high quality, in one production step. ioTech’s breakthrough technologies are protected by an extensive IP portfolio

ioTech Group

CLAD Technology
Above: The ioTech Group team/Image Source: ioTech Group

Headquartered in the UK, and with an R&D footprint in Israel, ioTech has been developing a unique disruptive multi-material additive manufacturing technology since early 2016. Continuous Laser Assisted Depositioncan process almost any industry certified material at high resolution and high speed, enabling full scale digital production. For the first time, manufacturers can use their standard industrial materials, control the deposition of each single drop and reach unmatched production yields. 

According to Dr. Michael Zenou, ioTech’s co-founder and CTO, “We are excited to introduce our unique CLAD technology to the electronics industry and additive manufacturing. Its ability to deposit any flowable industrial material for so many applications is unprecedented. It will increase production efficiencies and encourage innovation for many companies. A whole host of industries will be able to adopt an agile manufacturing approach to deliver fully functional products fast, facilitating mass customization when required, and at the same time, be eco-friendly. The flexibility of CLAD is simply remarkable.”

Vote of confidence by Investors

ASM Pacific Technologies, a leading global supplier of hardware and software solutions for the manufacturing of semi-conductors and electronics was an early investor in ioTech. ASMPT has increased its investment into the company, in tandem with the entry of another significant investor, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global leader in the adhesives market. 

“The potential in the electronics manufacturing market is large and, we believe, we are partnering with ioTech at the right time. ioTech’s solutions will be a game-changer for the industrial 3D printing paradigm across many industries, not just electronics manufacturing.”

– Guenter Schindler, Senior Vice President, Business Excellence, ASMPT

“This novel and scalable technology complements our existing portfolio in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings,” explains. We are convinced that ioTech’s unique technology will drive the further miniaturization in the electronics industry and provide added value to our customers. We aim together with ioTech to unlock further opportunities for innovative mass-manufacturing applications across Henkel´s large customer base.”  

– Paolo Bavaj, Head of Corporate Venturing, Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Hervé Javice, ioTech’s co-founder and CEO added, “ioTech is thrilled to receive ASMPT and Henkel’s vote of confidence. These investments are a validation of our disruptive technology. In cooperation with both companies, we have identified multiple existing and novel applications in electronics manufacturing. ioTech’s unique system will add significant value for electronics manufacturers in terms of innovative designs and higher yields. We look forward to a successful and fruitful collaboration with both ASMPT and Henkel.”

About ioTech Group Ltd: Founded in 2016, ioTech is headquartered in London, UK with its R&D activities in Israel. ioTech is a fast-growing venture that has developed the world’s first Continuous Laser Assisted Deposition (CLAD) technology that can process most standard industrial materials.  

About ASM Pacific Technology Limited: ASMPT is a leading global supplier of hardware and software solutions for the manufacture of semiconductors and electronics, headquartered in Singapore.

About Henkel Tech Ventures: Henkel Tech Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel Adhesive Technologies, established in 2016. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, it functions as a connector between external innovators and Henkel.


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