Sonic welding is now being used to crimp wires, cables, flex circuits, and other products where gas-tight and moisture-resistant connections are needed. The Sonicrimp technique, developed by Methode Development Co. (www.methode.com/mdc/), is said to be the first that works with these products, using a combination of high pressure and sonic energy to complete the electrical connection. Problems—including solder bridging and silver migration—are eliminated with the Sonicrimp technique, which can even be used on flat flex cables often used in automotive applications.
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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