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.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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.