How 3D Printing Revamps Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

How 3D Printing Revamps Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, November 22, 2019

3D printing is presenting with creative possibilities in the designing and manufacturing of consumer electronics.

FERMONT, CA: 3D printing is a rapidly evolving technology that is affecting almost all industries' manufacturing workflows. Besides the heavily promoted application areas of 3D printing, several industries have the potential to be fully transformed by 3D printing. The consumer electronics industry is the pioneer of them. While 3D printing electronics is a niche segment, it is one of the promising avenues for it. There are few opportunities provided by 3D printing.

• Digitally Optimized Designs

3D printing removes the need for flat circuit boards and offers the possibility of digitally optimized innovative designs. 3D printed designs can outperform traditional designs as their shapes and dimensions can be changed to fit a particular product and automate operations.3D printing offers greater flexibility for unit-level modification of both mechanical and electronic components. Therefore, it is important to adapt to consumer preferences by achieving product functionality.

• Quick Prototyping of Devices

The most important benefits of 3D printing in electronics is that manufacturers can quickly prototype in-house electronic devices, eliminating the need for an external production system. Consumer electronics manufacturers can design and prototype new products with much faster turnaround times and slightly lower costs as a direct consequence of this. Eventually, having in-house electronics 3D printing allows businesses to accelerate research and development considerably.

• Streamlined Assembly of Components

There were several phases in the conventional approach to electronics manufacturing, including film deposition, lithography, etching, and packaging. The 3D printing process combines all these practices into a single construction process. The empirical evidence also shows that in using the 3D printing process, waste material is lower. In addition, by removing separate circuit boards, cables, and wiring by 3D printing, the electronic component weight can be reduced.

In the coming years, the consumer electronics industry expects 3D printing devices to be the next high-growth technology development method for electronics products. A world in which consumer products are entirely 3D printed can be envisioned in the coming years.

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