Not all rapid prototyping is done with additive manufacturing (AM). One area that is still just outside the AM realm is printed circuit boards (though maybe not for long). In the meantime, though, we’ll look at another method of creating printed circuit boards (PCB) rapidly.
LPKF is a German company with a line of PBS prototype machines. The Protomat S-Series are bench sized machines designed to be used in-house. Features include automatic tool change, solder paste dispensing and automatic milling depth adjustment. Each machine comes pre-loaded with software to assist with the prototyping process.
Here at Rapid Ready, we like to keep you up to date with the current state of rapid technologies, which include more than just additive manufacturing. In this case, we’d like to share a piece of subtractive technology that shows promise for industry and hobbyists alike.
The creative folks at MIT’s Responsive Environments Group have created a smart milling device they’ve dubbed the FreeD. The FreeD is a handheld tool that uses CAD files to assist in the creation of milled objects.