Evonik launches material campaign for 3D printing (©Evonik, research hub in Singapore).

In addition to a well-thought-out digitisation strategy, the right IT infrastructure is of paramount importance. More and more companies are therefore turning to software-as-a-service in the cloud. Instead of purchasing software solutions in a complete package with fixed licences, customised packages via the cloud offer multiple advantages: flexible, scalable and with external IT specialists available at all times in the background.

One by one, advancements in technology are stripping away barriers to the widespread adoption of additive manufacturing technology at scale. Today’s 3D printers are faster, more reliable, offer larger build areas, support a wider range of materials and are getting more affordable. As such, the number of manufacturers using 3D printers for limited or full-scale production part runs (as well as the number of 3D printer manufacturers) is growing exponentially every year. Multiple surveys document the enthusiasm decision makers have for additive manufacturing at scale, but an obstacle still holds back many companies from committing: fear of vendor lock-in.

TÜV SÜD, commissioned by the LEHVOSS Group and Ultimaker, has certified the 3D printing process in the combination of LUVOCOM® 3F filament and Ultimaker printer. This includes the material properties, the test specimen production - including the dimensional tolerances, the production of the filament and the printing process. Furthermore, emissions during the printing process were measured.

Whether for bonding or marking of plastic components, wire bonding processes on metallic contact pads or the production of energy storage devices: Adhesion plays a decisive role for product quality and process stability in many areas of the electronics industry. Plasma is increasingly being used in the electronics industry to optimally prepare the surfaces of a wide variety of materials for such adhesion processes. This technology enables selective treatment of functional surfaces on plastics, metals or composites to improve a number of subsequent processes. While conventional atmospheric pressure plasma systems must be permanently integrated into systems with appropriate gas supply, extraction and safety concepts, the cold plasma handheld device piezobrush® PZ3 offers the possibility of uncomplicated and manual optimization of surfaces.

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