Since the spread of the methods used in modern printed circuit boards, the development of the industry has gone far beyond its original functions. Today’s PCBs are tiny, multi-layered, and have complex systems. With advanced design software and manufacturing processes, PCBs are far more productive and efficient than ever before. However, with the growth of technology and consumer demand, PCB, as the foundation of all electronic devices, also carries a lot of expectations. So, what’s next for PCBs?
3D printing technology is one of the most exciting technological innovations in recent years. From 3D-printed organs to guns and ammunition, 3D printing has reached many incredible achievements in various industries. The PCB industry is no exception.
Compared with the traditional 2D PCB, 3D-printed electronics, or 3D PE, has tremendous technological and manufacturing advantages. 3D PE can be formed into a PCB suitable for any circuit carrier while still combining electronic, optical and mechanical functions. Additionally, the automated production process can eliminate human errors as much as possible, thus improving the overall accuracy and efficiency.
Due to these advantages, 3D PE production has witnessed a rapid development in a high demand situation, although 3D PE applications are currently relatively limited, mainly for instrumentation, antennas, and sensors. With the discovery of new methods and applications of 3D PE technology in industries and consumer demands, many industry leaders expect the 3D PE industry to expand rapidly.