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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It’s not an exaggeration to say that, in the last few years, 3D printing has truly revolutionized the product design industry.

3D printing transforms ideas into concepts faster than any other in-house manufacturing process, allowing designers to take their ideas from their computer screens into their hands in a matter of minutes or hours.

In this article, we’ll explore the different applications of 3D printing for product design and the benefits this technology brings to the industry.

By Eric Pallarés, BCN3D, CTO

Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer of the Generation of '98, and one of the most illustrious Spanish figures of the 20th century, puts in a certain essay: "Invent, then, they and we will take advantage of their inventions. Well, I trust and hope that you will be convinced, as I am, that electric light shines here as well as there where it was invented.

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