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3D printing technology accelerates innovation in the electronics industry

2024-01-23 11:20

In recent years, camera lenses have become smaller and their functions have increased dramatically. This miniaturization has become a clear trend in the electronics industry. From smartphones in our pockets to surgical equipment used for minimally invasive surgery, engineers and scientists are designing smaller and smaller products. As the final product shrinks, the internal operation of the equipment and the components that fix all components together must also be manufactured at microscopic dimensions.

As consumers demand smaller and more customizable electronic products, and the industry seeks to break through the boundaries of innovation, precision in parts with fine features and strict tolerances is needed. Recently, the electronics industry has been leveraging the value of 3D printing because it can provide high-precision, high-resolution microscopic features that are often not achievable through traditional manufacturing methods, or the cost of obtaining these features may be very high. In OEM industries such as electronics, optics, and photonics, the required number of units does not require large-scale manufacturing methods such as molding. 3D printing can provide on-demand manufacturing, which is an economically efficient solution to promote innovation.

 

As more and more industries seek 3D printing to manufacture certain applications, 3D printing companies are diversifying their qualified materials to ensure that customers have the appropriate materials to print various final application parts. Whether it is biocompatible materials for medical devices, ESD safety materials for electronic products, or environmentally friendly materials, new materials are expanding the use cases of 3D printed parts.


Boston Micro Fabric (BMF) and Mechnano collaborate to provide Mechnano's proprietary Formula1 μ  Electrostatic discharge (ESD) resin, used for BMF's 200 and 300 series 3D printers. This enables customers to achieve the required accuracy and precision through micro 3D printing, as well as the surface finish required for electronic parts. Anti static materials are very important as they can prevent damage to products during the production process. They are not only cost-effective, but also help improve workflow and operational efficiency.


Similarly, the new surface coating of 3D printed parts also helps innovation by providing greater flexibility in product development. Through cooperation with Horizon Microtechnology, high-precision parts can now be coated with environmentally resistant metal or non-metallic conductive coatings, which has expanded the use cases of many customers. ESD resin and new coatings both contribute to cross industry innovation, especially in the electronics industry where it was previously impossible to shift from prototype design to production through 3D printing.


The future is 3D printed
Electronic products are an emerging market for additive manufacturing, and with the development of new materials, coatings, and miniaturization movements, 3D printing is in a unique position to achieve continuous innovation beyond what traditional manufacturing methods can support. With the help of 3D printing in product design toolkits, engineers, scientists, and product designers will be able to further drive their industry development than ever before.