Step 1: Production
The work piece is made. An injection molding process is used to produce plastic parts from polymers into which Iriotec® 8000 laser pigments are integrated. Or the parts are made from metal and then finished with a powder coating made from materials into which Iriotec® 8000 laser pigments are also integrated.
Step 2: Laser activation
A laser beam draws the circuit layout on the surface, activating the laser pigments. The reaction with the laser light forms metal seeds, roughening the surface at a microscopic level.
Step 3: Metallization
The work piece is dipped into a copper bath. The conductive paths are formed on the marked areas and metal seeds. The board is usually then galvanically reinforced with nickel and gold. Application-specific coatings such as tin, silver, palladium/gold and an organic solderability preservative (OSP) can also be applied during this third process step.
The 3D MID components can now be subjected to conventional further processing: soldering, bonding, holding, processing with soldering pastes, etc.
You can find out more about the particular benefits of the individual pigments in the menu bar above under Products.
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