nScrypt Awarded Laser Oven Patent to Innovate Furnace Efficiency in 3D Manufacturing

Orlando, FL:  Florida-based 3D Manufacturing OEM nScrypt’s research arm, Sciperio, has received US Patent no. 1,958,246, entitled “LASER OVEN WITH TRANSPARENT CHAMBER AND EXTERNAL LASER SOURCE,” which has one independent claim and 17 dependent claims.

The patent covers a transparent vacuum chamber with one or more external lasers and internal temperature sensors.  An object placed in the chamber (which functions as an oven and can be cylindrical), can be held under a vacuum while being heated by the laser(s) through the chamber walls, which are made of material that is both transparent and capable of handling the pressure of the vacuum, for example, sufficiently thick quartz.  This allows the object to be heated locally, precisely where heat is needed, rather than heating the entire chamber.  Heating the entire vacuum chamber from the inside requires a much more complicated design, which is not energy efficient or easily scalable.

According to Dr. Ken Church, CEO of nScrypt and Sciperio:

“It’s difficult to combine high heat with a vacuum.  Placing the energy source outside and emitting through windows simplifies the vacuum chamber, potentially cutting costs for higher-temperature vacuum furnaces. Traditional furnaces heat entire volumes, a wasteful use of energy. The laser approach precisely directs energy into the object being heated, making it significantly more energy efficient.

nScrypt and Sciperio patents are available for licensing under mutually favorable terms.   On this point, Dr. Church notes, “We want to see printed electronics and 3D manufacturing move forward as an industry, with innovation lifting all boats, without patents getting in the way.”

About nScrypt

Orlando, Florida-based nScrypt designs and manufactures award-winning, next-generation, high-precision microdispensing, 3D Manufacturing, and biomanufacturing equipment and solutions for industrial applications, with unmatched accuracy and flexibility. Serving the printed electronics, electronics packaging, solar cell metallization, communications, printed antenna, life science, chemical/pharmaceutical, defense, space, 3D printing, and bioprinting industries, our equipment and solutions are widely used by the military, academic and research institutes, government agencies and national labs, and private companies. The nScrypt BAT Series Bioprinter, which won the 2003 R&D 100 award, launched to the International Space Station in July 2019. www.nScrypt.com.  

About Sciperio Inc.

Sciperio challenges the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines, innovating at the interfaces between mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and biological sciences. This transdisciplinary engineering approach enables Sciperio to jump quickly from innovation to product realization.  Through two decades of pioneering work for our manufacturing arm, nScrypt, in areas including bioprinting, 3D manufacturing (aka Direct Digital Manufacturing), and printed RF electronics, we seek to promote technology for the betterment of humankind.  www.sciperio.com.


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