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3D Printing For More Circuits

After several years of experimentation, and growing success in volume manufacturing for some use cases, technologies for 3D printing of electronic circuits are becoming more common. Some innovations in processes and materials are moving these technologies closer to mainstream electronics manufacturing.

Christopher Tuck, professor of material science at the University of Nottingham, observed that what’s particularly attractive among the many different processes and materials used for additive manufacturing (AM) is the ability to build up one layer at a time, which increases design flexibility. That results in improvements in performance and heat management, plus the ability to optimize component architectures.

Micro 3D Printing – The Ultimate Guide

The surging demand for miniaturized devices in electronics, biotechnology, automotive, and aerospace is putting increased interest in the development of microscale additive manufacturing technologies. This 3D printing method can produce tiny parts and components in shapes not possible with traditional manufacturing, faster and at much lower costs. Manufacturers 3D printing their own micro parts in-house are not effected by today’s supply chain disruptions.

BMF introduces new industrial 3D printer and new Ceramic 3D Printing Materials

From the manufacturing side, the company has released the microArch™ S230, designed for applications that require ultra-high resolution prints (down to 2μm) with accuracy, precision, and speed.

With a larger built volume of 50x50x50mm, the printer is built upon BMF’s patented Projection Micro Stereolithography (PµSL) technology, a technique that allows for rapid photopolymerization of an entire layer of liquid polymer using a flash of UV light at micro-scale resolution. It delivers design freedom and part resolution, and could print up to 5 times faster prints than previous models in the 2μm series.

A comparison of stereolithography, digital light processing and projection microstereolithography

Chuck Hull invented the first stereolithography (SLA) printer in the early 1980s and this led to the co-founding of 3D Systems, one of the leading companies in the 3D printing industry today. Since then, there have been several variants of SLA, all fundamentally based on the vat photopolymerisation process, namely using light to cure a photosensitive material. There are other polymer 3D printing methods, such as fused deposition modelling (FDM), material jetting (MJ) and selective laser sintering (SLS). They all work on the same basic 3D printing premise of taking digital data and building a part layer by layer, and they all have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

BMF Has Released its Highest-Resolution Micro-Scale 3D Printer, microArch S230

As summer winds down and school gets back into session, so are companies kicking it back into gear. After a restful break, 3D printing companies have signalled the start of September with a flurry of news. Among these, Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a leading American micro-scale 3D printer manufacturer has announced the launch of its latest micro-precision solution: the microArch S230 3D printer.

BMF Introduces microArch S230 Microscale 3D Printer

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), developer of microscale 3D printing systems, unveiled the microArch S230, the latest addition to its roster of industrial-grade micro-precision 3D printers. This next generation version of BMF’s highest resolution system is designed for applications that require ultra-high resolution prints (down to 2μm) with accuracy, precision and speed, the company reports.

BMF Introduces microArch S230

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, unveiled the microArch S230, the latest addition to its roster of industrial-grade micro-precision 3D printers. This next generation version of BMF’s highest resolution system is designed for applications that require ultra-high resolution prints (down to 2 μm) with accuracy, precision and speed.

BMF Introduces microArch S230

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a pioneer in microscale 3D printing systems, unveiled the microArch S230, the latest addition to its roster of industrial-grade micro-precision 3D printers. This next generation version of BMF’s highest resolution system is designed for applications that require ultra-high resolution prints (down to 2 μm) with accuracy, precision and speed.