Boston is the heart of America’s new 3D printing sector

Another pioneering polymer AM company that could not be absent from this review of Boston 3D printing companies is Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF). This specialist in micro 3D printing – which is actually a rapidly growing trend – originates in Shenzhen and now has facilities in both China and the US. Both locations were built to serve the BMF’s expanding customer base which, in most cases, has global operations that span across North America, Europe and Asia. BMF recently moved its North American headquarters to a new 7,000 square foot facility at the Mill & Main complex in Maynard, MA. This location houses the company’s corporate team, including sales, marketing, applications engineering and customer support, with multiple platform systems for training, testing and customer benchmarking. In Shenzhen, BMF moved to a 14,000-square-foot facility that includes more than 40 installed BMF systems.

Sunway Communication Partners with BMF to Develop Next Gen Antenna

Sunway Communication, a global leading supplier of electronic components and modules related to RF, such as antenna modules, wireless charging modules, EMC/EMI products, precision connectors & cables, and passive components has partnered with Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) to develop next generation antennas.  The companies have opened a joint development lab in San Diego, California.

Using Micro 3D Printing for Short-Run Production

There is considerable R&D focus on how to make parts bigger with additive manufacturing or 3D printing. At the same time, engineers are designing smaller and more complex products, especially in the medical-device and electronics fields. This trend toward miniaturization also requires that the components and assemblies inside these products are also smaller, and often more complex. Smaller parts at the micro-scale are difficult to prototype with conventional manufacturing methods, such as injection molding and CNC machining, and take more time and money.

BMF Expands in Boston and Shenzhen

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) announced that it has expanded global operations with new state-of-the-art facilities in Greater Boston and Shenzhen, China. This news comes after a monumental year for BMF, as the company significantly grew global revenue in 2021 while adding over 100 new customers to double its installed base.