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3D printer filament produced from waste plastic

3D printer filament produced from waste plastic
3D printing was one of the hottest tech trends of 2014 and, according to industry analysts, will rise over the next year. D3D Innovations has released a next-gen machine that allows users to produce 3D Printer ‘ink’ on demand. Quick, eco-friendly and cost effective, FilaFab Plastic Extruders address demand from hobbyists, educational institutes, polymer laboratories, engineers, architects and workshops.
11th February 2015

Electronic assembly cleaning chemistry is pH neutral

Electronic assembly cleaning chemistry is pH neutral
In Booth #1011 at IPC APEX, 24th to 26th February in California, KYZEN will demonstrate its AQUANOX A4708 pH neutral electronic assembly cleaning chemistry. This product rapidly cleans under densely populated, low-gap PWB assemblies and is effective on all flux types, including no-clean and water soluble residue.
20th January 2015

3D printing market worth $20bn by 2025, report predicts

The 3D printing market surpassed $1bn in revenues during 2012, and growth is expected to continue throughout all target sectors to reach $20bn by 2025. Printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, as awareness of the technology grows. This and much more is discussed and analysed in the IDTechEx report ‘3D Printing 2015-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players’.
13th January 2015


Dry-film negative photo resist suits MEMS & TSV sealing

Dry-film negative photo resist suits MEMS & TSV sealing
Engineered Material Systems is pleased to introduce the DF-3020 dry-film negative photo resist for use in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and wafer-level packaging applications (TSV sealing). This material formulation has been optimised for hot roll lamination and processing on MEMS and IC wafers.
13th January 2015

Topological optimisation benefits of additive manufacturing

Topological optimisation benefits of additive manufacturing
From the Greek 'topo' meaning 'place' and 'ology' meaning 'study', topological optimisation is the study of mathematically optimising material layout. When approaching a component part in this way, the end goal is to remove superfluous material in areas of low stress whilst maintaining structural integrity of the whole; the lighter and stronger the better.
10th December 2014

3D printing materials market expected to reach $8bn by 2025

According to a report published by IDTechEx, the 3D printing materials market is expected to increase from $800m in 2013 to $8bn by 2025. 3D printing is already common in aerospace, orthopaedic, jewellery and dental sectors, and is becoming more common in education, military, architecture, medical research and automotive sectors. This is because 3D printing is no longer used just for one-off pieces and prototypes, but for final part production of items with reduced and simplified assembly, quicker design iterations, greater design freedom, mass customisation and minimal material wastage. The report, titled ‘3D Printing Materials 2015-2025, Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts’, discusses 3D printing in these sectors.
1st December 2014

3D printer provides accuracy, reliability & repeatability

3D printer provides accuracy, reliability & repeatability
Quant 3D, a division of OK International, will preview an industrial 3D printer in stand 11.F103 at EuroMold 2014, scheduled to take place 25th to 28th November 2014 in Frankfurt. The Q1000 Industrial 3D Printer is a high-performance, cost-effective 3D printing solution for industrial and large commercial applications.
25th November 2014

Morgan Develops Capability For High Permittivity Substrates For High Frequency Circuits And Antenna Applications

Morgan Develops Capability For High Permittivity Substrates For High Frequency Circuits And Antenna Applications
In response to demands for miniaturisation, Morgan Advanced Materials has further developed manufacturing capabilities using temperature stabilised dielectric materials with high permittivity for advanced substrate applications.
11th November 2014

The printed electronics equipment market is profitable but subsidised

First came the significant investment from the materials community but now the equipment industry has turned its attention to printed electronics as a growth opportunity. New IDTechEx research for the report 'Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics 2014-2025' has identified 93 organisations from around the world involved in the supply of equipment
9th November 2014

Cardiff University adopts 3D metal printing

Cardiff University adopts 3D metal printing
Adding laser melting to it’s additive manufacturing research and development technologies, Cardiff University has invested in a Renishaw AM250 machine. With this addition, the university’s Additive Laboratories at it’s School of Engineering have adopted a more holistic approach to manufacturing. 
5th November 2014


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