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."
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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