Digital-microphotography technology being developed by Quadrant Engineering Plastic products promises to help predict the machining characteristics of the high-performance plastic board materials used to make CSP test sockets, which will have 4-mil separations between holes versus 10-mil separations today. "With the aid of digital-microphotography," says Quadrant Product Development Manager Richard Campbell, "various machining characteristics of high-performance plastic test sockets can be quickly and clearly observed. With this information, machining conditions can be modified to optimize productivity."
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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