Tech-Etch uses photoetching to make a variety of equipment parts with sharper precision than traditionally machined parts. They can make custom light-gauge parts without burred edges in intricate patterns and with precise tolerances. They also make photoetched screens with tapered or straight holes, custom board-level shielding and flexible circuits. The flexible circuits use adhesive or nonadhesive materials. They are made out of materials including beryllium copper, stainless steel, aluminum alloys, titanium, tungsten, nitinol, molybdenum, brass and spring steels, and even polyimide film. They are usually 0.0005 to 0.0300 inch thick, and laser machining is available for parts from 0.030 to 0.125 inch. Laser machining is also available for polyimide laminate drilling and ablating, and a number of other finishing processes are available in-house.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.