According to an article in Electronics Weekly, companies in the European electronics industry are starting to prefer the REACH approach to substance restrictions over the RoHS approach. There increasingly appears to be a consensus by industry, the EC and many politicians that the REACH approach should be used for future RoHS restrictions once the recast enters force.
The basis for RoHS and REACH substance restrictions are quite different. Restrictions in the original RoHS directive were based on hazards - if a substance is hazardous and there are alternatives, then it could be banned. REACH restrictions are introduced only if a risk to human health or the environment can be proven, it cannot be controlled and safer substitutes exist.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is