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LPKF Presents Four New Systems
Garbsen, Germany — LPKF is presenting four new systems and procedures, including a spectacular new development, the ProtoMat D104. ProtoMats are circuit board plotters which carve circuit tracks out of fully coated base materials by negative contour routing. They are able to change tools automatically and to do contour milling or to drill PCB vias.

The new ProtoMat D104 has been upgraded with an additional special tool: a laser extends the processing range to special sensitive materials and allows structures down to the ultra fine pitch. Ceramics can be processed using the laser tool.

Since the laser is only used for sensitive or very fine structures, the ProtoMat D104 combines the precision of the laser with the mechanical skills of a highly developed milling/drilling system. The ProtoMat D104 is designed for operation in ambitious laboratories and development environments.

3D-circuit carriers have gained considerable market share in recent years, especially in the antenna technology, and have opened new product categories. 3D plastic components with circuitry can now be found also in the automotive industry, medical technology and in LED design. The laser direct structuring (LDS) has the largest share in this success.

One of the barriers was the time-consuming and costly prototyping for installation trials and functional tests. LPKF now offers a consistent procedure and the related systems which allow LDS prototyping within a day.

To create the basic component, a conventional 3D printer is used. The LDS coating is performed by a special two-component paint. LPKF is launching the ProtoPaint LDS in a spray can, which replaces the old spray gun. The advantage of the new solution: one thorough coating is usually sufficient to apply the LDS layer. Formerly, three to four passes were required.

The activation of the component is done by the new ProtoLaser 3D. It has a large, height-adjustable working platform and a laser optic, which corresponds to the ones used in production systems. Therefore, the ProtoLaser 3D can be used for series-like 3D rapid prototyping and also serves well for process optimization. The ProtoLaser 3D is based on the proven ProtoLaser concept, where the working chamber is housed vibration-decoupled in a compact body.

The third step is the metallization: LPKF ProtoPlate CU is delivered as a package with all necessary consumables.

Contact: LPKF Laser and Electronics, 12555 SW Leveton Dr., Tualatin, OR 97062 800-345-5753 or 503-454-4200 fax: 503-682-7151 E-mail: info@lpkfusa.com Web:


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