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How 3D Printing Will Impact PCB Fabrication

Printed Circuit Board for Instrumentation Application
3D Elecronic Printing

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There has been much talk in recent years about 3D printing, a type of additive manufacturing that has been used to create everything from plastic toys and trinkets to high-end industrial prototypes.

In the near future, we will enter an era where electronic devices "join the club" and are printed, rather than assembled. They will be fabricated layer-by-layer as a single object, rather than assembled from separate mechanical, electrical, and optical parts.

Unlike today's devices that house PCBs within a separate shell, 3D printing will enable electronics to be embedded entirely within the structure of the device itself.

Let's take a closer look at how we will get to this stage, and the implications it will have for PCB manufacturers.



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