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.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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