Camtek intends to begin selling the GreenJet, an inkjet-based 3D printing system used for the deposition of solder mask for the printed circuit board industry this year.

The company has begun to evaluate the $300,000 system in a real world, manufacturing environment and plans to begin offering it for sale in the second half of 2014.

"I am pleased to announce that basically the test process at the customer site and our machine will now begin to be used in a production environment," Camtek CEO Rafi Amit said in a conference call to discuss the company's 2013 fourth quarter earnings. "We expect this phase to continue for a few months and assuming all goes well, the commercial installation will begin during the second half of this year."

Camtek predicts the GreenJet System will completely replace "conventional coating, drying, exposure and development processes currently used in PCB manufacturing … (as the) the first ever, single-step digital solder mask deposition system."

The system will offer high registration accuracy and zero clearance solder mask deposition. The company also promises shorter print cycles and reduced operating costs when working with high density designs with smaller pad spacing and tighter registration tolerance requirements.

The printer is designed to use SMI-200F solder mask jetable ink. It is RoHS as well as IPC-SM-840 class T and H compliant, and has a UL 94 V-0 flammability grade.

Tech Specs:

  • Color: Green
  • Solid content: >95%
  • Flash Point: 60˚C
  • IPC Approval: Pass
  • ROHS Standard: Pass
  • Flammability: UL94-V0
  • Dielectric Strength: 500V/mil