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.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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