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."
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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