Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing of Integrated Components

VQ Research is pioneering the application of novel 3D printing technology for the manufacturing of passive electronic components. Based in Silicon Valley, the company holds a broad portfolio of intellectual property enabling rapid, low-cost, and reliable methods of prototyping and manufacturing electronics at any scale without massive capital expenditures and labor normally required.

Printing Passive Electronic Components?

VQ Research is advancing Additive Manufacturing Technology to “3D print” high-performance electronics using ceramics and thick film metals.

Passive components (such as capacitors, resistors, and inductors) are a vital part of every electronic device. From everyday items like mobile phones and appliances to advanced aerospace and medical technology, passive devices are integral and ubiquitous.

VQ Research has a proprietary formulation for Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) with the highest energy and power density in the industry, temperature-resistance to 300ºC and above, and very slow loss of stored energy (tera-ohms of internal resistance). The lifetime of these parts can be many decades without significant specification degradation. Unlike canister-type capacitors that contain toxic electrolytes, these MLCCs are solid-state, non-toxic, and mechanically strong.

A Game-Changing Technological Advancement

The ability to “3D Print” high-performance passive electronic ceramics and metals opens a world of exciting possibilities for the future of manufacturing.

  • Direct printing into/onto ceramic based electronic packages
  • Accommodate novel packages with custom component shapes that transcend existing surface-mount technology designs rules
  • Move past 2-dimensional layouts and fabricate in 3-D
  • Increase surface area per unit volume for high energy density
  • Enable new high density packaging paradigms
  • Ability to control dielectric constant in 2 or 3 dimensions and enable less complex or new RF micro-strip geometries
  • Ability to quickly test new structures, designs, & prototypes
  • Allow rapid low-volume production