Although the XTPL printer includes a coordinate machine that will be replaced with dedicated positioning elements in target solutions, our print head is a unique module which constitutes the very heart of our printing technology. As a result of parallel research and development activities, we have created a technology that enables precise ink dispensing and an effective method of setting parameters that form the final shape of the conductive line.
The XTPL printer also combines electronics and software. The electronic section consists of many control and measurement systems which allow device operation even in industrial conditions, i.e. when there is a risk of electromagnetic interference. Other electronic elements include the advance measurement systems, the forming signal setting modules and calculation units. The control electronics uses high-performance ARM architecture based on Linux OS and functioning as BareMetal systems. In result, we have enough computing power to fully control the printing process. The measuring and setting operations are based on the FGPA technology which makes it possible to achieve the best speed of signal setting and archiving of measured values.
The software is the final touch. Our solution combines high-efficiency algorithms adapted to real-time operating systems (RTOS) which process data from the measuring element as well as calculate new electric values for the print head and new displacement coordinates for the printing machine. The software designed for desktops sets printing parameters based on the operator’s commands and controls the entire printing process.
The printer design uses numerous unique solutions. For evaluation purposes, we have developed a device which has sufficient positioning precision to allow the prospective customers to obtain ultra-thin electrically conductive lines with shapes and parameters meeting the predefined expectations and requirements. Based on feedback from our partners, we have created a printer with cost-reducing solutions and, where required, fast and high-precision mechanical modules and systems that process electric data.