The Fabricator: Additive Manufacturing is Being Used More to Make High-end Electronics

| The Essentium Team


Despite 3D printing’s effectiveness, it’s clear that conventional PCBs and ICs aren’t going away anytime soon, and that means neither will the tooling needed to make them. Here again, though, 3D printing is playing an increasingly important role.

“In a typical PCB shop, a technician might spend hours sitting at a bench, manually applying tape to mask off certain areas of a board in preparation for conformal coating,” explained Garrett Harmon, applications engineering manager at Essentium Inc. “We can print custom, reusable masks from electronics-friendly materials like ESD [electrostatic discharge]-safe TPU in a fraction of the time and use them for longer than traditionally manufactured masks.”

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