3D Printing PCBS18 Apr 2012
A 30-year idea is becoming a tangible reality, and everyone in the electronics industry is getting very excited about it.
We are talking about 3D printing, and more specifically its implications for PCB Industry. PCB production is an application for 3D printing being pursued by industry and hobbyists alike.
With the right combination of materials, modern multi-material printers would have no difficulty printing PCBs. The capacity to produce high-quality, multilayered one off boards would be a huge advantage for design engineers; greatly simplifying the prototyping cycle and removing the time and material expense of masking and etching.
Research efforts in industry, academia and sophisticated hobbyists are pushing this innovation into practice at rapid pace, and it is definitely a case of ‘watch this space’!