3D Printing: Slowly Building Up Momentum

3D Printing: Slowly Building Up Momentum

The future is here, and Wacker has a front seat. Until recently, only plastic and metal objects could be created through 3D printing, but this Munich-based chemical group has developed a new 3D printing technology that also allows production of silicone-based items. How does this work? A 3D-printed silicone object is slowly built up as…

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Charge Less, Get More!

Charge Less, Get More!

If the president of Rolex came to your house with a suitcase full of his company’s watches and offered any of them to you for $50, you would probably jump at the chance to own at least one, right? After all, these are watches that some regard as the finest made timepieces in the world…

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Is Your PCB Device Feeling the Heat? Here’s How to Cool It Off

Is Your PCB Device Feeling the Heat? Here’s How to Cool It Off

Does the thought of troubleshooting a PCB device leave you dreading the arduous process ahead? No need to clear your calendar; cool the situation with compressed air, and diagnose the problem quickly. When trying to pinpoint heat-related issues, freeze sprays can rapidly lower circuit board temperature, enabling technicians to diagnose and repair the problem without…

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Get the Lead Out: Should You Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?

Get the Lead Out: Should You Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?

In Keith Cathcart’s article, Why Should My Company Switch to Lead-Free Soldering?, the move toward lead-free solder is discussed in terms of the benefits associated with worker safety, comparability to lead-based solder, and environmental impact. Cathcart says that, while many believe that lead-based solder is more durable and dependable, lead-free solders are now comparable in…

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