For decades electronic items have been reshaping the landscape of our personal and professional lives, it’s as true today as it was in the 1980’s when the first ULSI-PCB and 3D Printer were invented. As our need for eco-friendly cost efficient manufacturing options raise it is essential to discover how the electronics industry is being disrupted by 3D printing technology.
Electronic engineering has been around since the early 1900’s in one form or another, but we’re going to begin in the year 1984; this is the year in which the first 3D Printer and the first “ULSI” circuit board were created. The acronym ULSI stands for ultra-large-scale integration, and in terms of circuitry it’s the largest integration that there is; take a look at the graph below and you will see that the ULSI circuit boards have the maximum amount of transistors and logic gates. In the past manufacturing circuit boards required many steps that were typically completed using several tools, including (but not limited to): soldering irons, and solder, needle nose plyers, wire cutters, clamps & multimeters.
The chemicals used to create the copper paths paths on circuit boards are very dangerous and harmful for the environment. There are over 25 items needed to create one ULSI board which include tools, machines, and chemicals; after the boards are created the assembly process begins. In this process a lot of time and money are lost, and as we discover more about how 3D printing is disrupting the electronics industry we’ll share how it is helping to save electronic engineers time and money.Read more