SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • What can we learn about 3D-MIDs from Peanut Butter Cups? A lot. But first let’s go back to our childhood and look at the infamous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial. You know the one that shows how it all started. Two guys, each one loves their snack of choice. One chocolate, the other peanut butter. […] The post 3D-MIDs and Peanut Butter Cups appeared first on SelectConnect Technologies.

SelectConnect Technologies
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  •   PALATINE, Illinois, USA, June 19, 2017 –SelectConnect Technologies has published the white paper, “Laser Direct Structuring for Sensor Manufacturing.” The white paper details how sensor technology employing laser direct structuring (LDS) results in reduced manufacturing costs, while increasing the physical strength and durability of a position sensor. Millions of electronic components with compl...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • When you hold on to old technology because “it’s always been done this way,” we deny ourselves the opportunity to truly innovate. The greatest technology shifts don’t come from small incremental changes within existing technologies, but rather from a total shift in how things are done. Often innovation results from someone taking on the challenge because others say it can’t be done. […] The post “...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • 3D-Molded Interconnect Devices (3D-MID) consist of circuit traces embedded onto molded thermoplastics to form electrical pathways and landings for surface mount components. Designing systems with 3D-MID components enable designers to reduce the size, weight, number of components and complexity, while decreasing assembly times and cost by requiring fewer components, wires and interconnects to assem...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • PALATINE, Illinois, USA, April 5, 2017 –SelectConnect Technologies has published the white paper, “Trace Width and Space Limitations for Laser Direct Structuring.” The white paper details a study that was conducted to determine how close laser direct structuring (LDS) traces can be created and metallized without inducing over plating or bridging on PET/PBT material. A […] The post SelectConnect Te...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • PALATINE, Illinois, USA, March 23, 2017 –SelectConnect Technologies officially launched the blog, “3Discussions™” this week. With the objective of fostering discussions and collaboration throughout the supply chain, 3Discussions is dedicated to the advancement, applications and benefits of three-dimensional molded interconnect devices (3D-MID). 3Discussions was created in response to high industry...

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SelectConnect Technologies
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Why a 3D-MID?

  • Today’s top innovations come from integrating new technologies such as 3D-MIDs into your devices or systems. Whether you are redesigning an existing system or creating something new 3D-MIDs need to be part of your design discussions. The reasons for this include: Function integration. 3D-MID technology allows electrical, mechanical, optical and fluid functions to be integrated into smaller designs...

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SelectConnect Technologies
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RTIs, RFID and LDS

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is essential when you own large volumes of Returnable Transport Items (RTIs). Here are two BIG reasons why… Up to 25% of RTIs are lost per year Counterfeit RTIs are returned to your facility to be replaced or reconditioned. In most cases, you don’t even own the RFID. High Cost The […] The post RTIs, RFID and LDS appeared first on SelectConnect Technologies.

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • Faster than a speeding bullet! SelectConnect's laser direct structuring technology can create a pattern on a molded plastic device at 3 meters per second! This video shows the structuring process on a LDS resin. The next step to produce the 3D-MID is to metallize the structured pattern with copper, nickel, and gold to create the circuit. Just like Superman... See more here: http://www.selectconne...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • 3D MID Blog: Keep Your Data Secure (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) Security Shields Data security is a growing industry. Intrusion are being made into data devices by putting sensors into them and getting sensitive data out. Devices like: Computers ATMs Point of Sale devices It's all about detecting intrusion and the best way to do this is to have some sort of trip wire going throughout you...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • SelectConnect Technologies: The Perfect Compliment to PCB (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) How would an LDS part work in conjunction with a pcb? A very common misconception when looking at LDS is that one can replace a pcb. LDS is not designed to replace a pcb, in fact it is more to compliment a pcb or bridge the gap between a circuit board, wiring harness and plastic part so you can get 3D. ...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • 3D MID Blog: LDS vs. 2-Shot (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) The biggest advantage of LDS over 2-shot is the separation of the processes and therefore electrical comes in much later in the design phase. In 2 shot molding the electrical design is tied to the mold itself. Once the mold done you can't change anything unless you change to a different mold. But with LDS the standard molding of the...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • 3D MID Blog: Sensor Packaging. (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) Is LDS ideally suited for Senor Packaging? Yes! Think about where sensors go. The are not in the most conspicuous places. They are in hard to reach areas. We have sensors in brake systems, optical systems, electrical and vision system. We have sensors in some really funny places. These are usually places where we don't have a lo...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • SelectConnect Technologies: Cost of LDS (http://selectconnecttech.com) Today we have the fourth episode in a series featuring Stephan Schmidt, President of LPKF USA. Stephan and I recently sat down to discuss LDS, where it is utilized today and where it is going in the near future. I hope you find the conversation as interesting as I did. Please turn up your volume for the conversation as the m...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
YouTube Video
  • SelectConnect Technologies: lds misconceptions (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) Today we have the third episode in a series featuring Stephan Schmidt, President of LPKF USA. Stephan and I recently sat down to discuss LDS, where it is utilized today and where it is going in the near future. I hope you find the conversation as interesting as I did. Today Stephan answers the questions: What are...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
YouTube Video
  • SelectConnect Technologies: Benefits of LDS? (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) Today we have the second episode in a series featuring Stephan Schmidt, President of LPKF USA. Stephan and I recently sat down to discuss LDS, where it is utilized today and where it is going in the near future. I hope you find the conversation as interesting as I did. Please turn up your volume for the conversatio...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
YouTube Video
  • SelectConnect Technologies: What is LDS? (http://www.selectconnecttech.com) Today we start a series featuring Stephan Schmidt, President of LPKF USA. Stephan and I recently sat dowan to discuss LDS, where it is utilized today and where it is going in the near future. I hope you find the conversation as interesting as I did. Please turn up your volume for the conversation as the microphone was ...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • When you selectively metallize circuitry on plastic, a 3 Dimensional Molded Interconnect Device or 3D-MID is created. The two main technologies to develop 3D-MIDs are Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) and the metallization of a 2-shot molded component.   The 4 R’s of Selective Metallization of Plastics include: Reduce Weight: Plastics are half the weight and are strong enough to replace aluminum. Fur...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • New surface activation technology allows you to plate previously impossible to plate plastics like PEEK, Ultem, Nylon and Acetal without the use of chemical or mechanical etching. This process is perfect for connectors and replaces cadmium for military specification MTL-DTL-38999. Benefits of Plating on PEEK, Ultem, Nylon and Acetal Over Traditional Plastics: More strength (glass/carbon […] The po...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
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  • What can we learn about 3D-MIDs from Peanut Butter Cups? A lot. But first let’s go back to our childhood and look at the infamous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial. You know the one that shows how it all started. Two guys, each one loves their snack of choice. One chocolate, the other peanut butter. […] The post 3D-MIDs and Peanut Butter Cups appeared first on SelectConnect Technologies.

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
Blog Post
  •   PALATINE, Illinois, USA, June 19, 2017 –SelectConnect Technologies has published the white paper, “Laser Direct Structuring for Sensor Manufacturing.” The white paper details how sensor technology employing laser direct structuring (LDS) results in reduced manufacturing costs, while increasing the physical strength and durability of a position sensor. Millions of electronic components with compl...

SelectConnect Technologies
SelectConnect Technologies
Blog Post
  • When you hold on to old technology because “it’s always been done this way,” we deny ourselves the opportunity to truly innovate. The greatest technology shifts don’t come from small incremental changes within existing technologies, but rather from a total shift in how things are done. Often innovation results from someone taking on the challenge because others say it can’t be done. […] The post “...

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