Systems Enable Rapid Prototyping

June 14, 2012
Rapid prototyping is a growing trend in the RF/microwave industry, where companies can more quickly turn concepts into real circuit prototypes via the investment of an in-house laser or mechanical circuit-board milling machine. One supplier of such ...

Rapid prototyping is a growing trend in the RF/microwave industry, where companies can more quickly turn concepts into real circuit prototypes via the investment of an in-house laser or mechanical circuit-board milling machine. One supplier of such machines is LPKF Laser & Electronics, with several examples on display at the 2012 IMS (booth No. 2409). Based on laser technology, the new ProtoLaser U3 is a compact, multipurpose circuit milling machine capable of working with a wide range of materials, from low-cost FR-4 to ceramics. It is capable of cutting, depaneling, drilling, skiving, decaping, and direct etching of surface metals on their circuit boards. For those preferring mechanical circuit milling, proven ProtoMat mechanical prototyping systems can not only meet or exceed the resolution, precision, and repeatability of outside circuit-board fabrication services, with resolution exceeding 2 microns, they can fabricate prototypes in a fraction of the time of outside services.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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