With their extra jolt of heat, lead-free solder processes can be tough on the engineering plastics used to make connector housings. DSM Engineering Plastics, whose Stanyl nylon 46 resins go into many types of connectors, recently undertook an extensive design of experiments to identify the processing profiles that minimize temperature effects such as "blistering." For more information, go to www.dsmep.com.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
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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