Two primerless encapsulants from Dow Corning should bring greater adhesion and stress relief to electronic applications, along with a fast, room-temperature cure. Both deliver an uncharacteristic toughness and peel strength for a silicone dielectric gel material, the company reports. Dow Corning(reg) 3-4220 Firm Gel is one part blue and one yellow, facilitating visual inspection for complete mixing. Dow Corning 3-4219 Firm Gel, a clear version, contains no dye or UV indicator, and is designed to help prevent radio-frequency interference in applications involving wireless communications. Dow Corning Corp. (M), Customer Service Department, P.O. Box 0994, Midland, MI 48686-0994, FAX (517) 496-4586.
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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