Sean Patterson – Design tool constrained thinking

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Design tool constrained thinking. Digitization’s impact on creative engineering.

Sean will talk with us about how electronic circuit designers are constrained by the design tools they use and today’s manufacturing techniques. For example, mechanical engineers have always designed in a 3D space, so the evolution of 3D printing for mechanical designs didn’t require a revolution of design, rather an evolution. His work with transformational technology will change how chips are designed.

Sean Patterson

President of Americas, Nano Dimension

Sean Patterson joined Nano Dimensions in June 2021 as the President of Americas. He was most recently an executive at Amazon, where he held leadership roles in their transportation and healthcare groups. He has scaled operations, programs, and engineering groups from pilots to hundreds of facilities and thousands of employees and assets. Before this, he was an executive at TTM Technologies, where he led manufacturing operations, leading multiple aerospace and defense manufacturing plants, and integration of acquisitions and restructuring. 

While there, he oversaw the expansion of TTM Technologies’ PCB assembly plants and vertical growth in the supply chain. While at TTM, he was a first adopter of Nano Dimension's equipment as he pushed to revolutionize legacy manufacturing processes. He served as a US Navy Submarine Officer following his time at the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Systems Engineering, complemented by an MS in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married and has two boys.

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  1. Looking forward to hearing how your concepts and product can be utilized in manufacturing

    1. Terryl, look forward to talk about this the the broader issue of engineers being confined to the tools they are given for development.

    1. Jonathan, we will cover parts of conductive metal technology but also how engineers are constrained to using technology of yesteryear due to the setup of supply chains.

  2. It’s an exciting time as we transition into a new era of design, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing of conductive metals on insulation materials. I’m looking forward to learning what is now possible.

  3. 3D printing for fabrication must be one of next generation of electronic circuit.
    I am interested in possibility of MEMS tech. under 3D fabrication and further technology.

  4. What are the first steps to be done for engineers to start implementing AME Research and production?

    1. Hey Sean,

      I would like hear if 3D printing technology will evovle into 3D printing transistors and slowly dive into 3D printing microprocessors? Chip shortage is a big thing right now and keeping the supply chain in the states is very important for many companies as it seems. As you have taken the role as the presidnet of Americas for Nano Dimensions, what’s excites you the most work for the company..
      Would also like to know how do you plan to execute in converting customers to implement 3D machines capable of 3d printing pcb? Pcb is one area of growth and then would be 3D printing electronic components. Very interested in knowing your response. I am an investor. Thanks

  5. I’m interested in prototyping integrated circuits to monitor the heart and digestive tract and transmit the signal wirelessly through a mobile app to the healthcare personnel. Can NNDM design and 3D print it?

  6. Has the DragonFly 2 improved the over spray between the coil traces? What are the soldering temps of your inks now? Does one design for the DragonFly to get the desired inductance and resistances. I know your software uses Gerber’s, are there differences in design from a tradition file that will be photo etched. Interest is for planar transformer coils.

  7. Talk about the chip shortage and how 3d printing can help.
    How far off are we from NNDM printing semi-conductors to help the supply chain?

  8. I wasn’t able to get my other two questions answered in the Zoom call, so here, Sean:

    Can you share any updates on NaNoS progress and if there are plans to build fulfillment facilities here in the USA? Europe?

    Nano Dimensions was involved as a partner on NextFactory in the EU. Is Nano Dimensions planning to develop similar solutions for clients’ in-house light to medium manufacturing needs?

  9. Hi Sean, thanks for taking my original question live. I believe your answer addressed cybersecurity with respect to the manufacturing process itself, but I was thinking in a totally different aspect. One that could help ensure the cybersecurity of the end product with respect to the supply chain (think modification between manufacture and end user). I can envision where there could be gains there as well. Interested if you agree. Take Care.

  10. Has there been any results from the L3 Harris space station experiment?

  11. Some would say we are in the first or second inning of this revolution. I believe we are just seeing the batting practice. This is self reinforcing and holds the promise expanding not only design and manufacturing but the creativity of man.

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