Harting revolutionizes 3D printing of LDS materials using Hot Lithography

HARTING AG, a leading provider of 3D MID solutions, and Cubicure GmbH, a pioneer in 3D printing, announce a groundbreaking collaboration to introduce 3D printing of LDS (Laser Direct Structuring) materials.

Until now, 3D printing of MID prototypes has been limited due to resolution and material compatibility. Printing methods such as FFF/FDM were affordable but suffered from poor surface quality, while SLA/DLP/SLS printing required additional manual coating steps and did not allow for defined layer thickness control.

HARTING's new solution overcomes these challenges by using Cubicure's Hot Lithography System. This technology enables direct 3D printing of LDS materials with exceptional resolution and smooth surfaces. The printed material can be seamlessly integrated into the existing LDS process at HARTING, resulting in significant time savings in the production of prototypes and small series.

The most important advantages:

- Outstanding resolution and surface quality: Enables the representation of complex component geometries in conjunction with the finest conductor paths.

- LDS compatibility: Printed parts can be lasered using existing processes and then metallized.

- Solderable material: Printed components can be populated and assembled in existing equipment.

- Unmatched speed and flexibility: Rapid iteration of designs and visualization of new geometries. No need to customize molds.

History:

The partnership between HARTING and Cubicure began in 2019 with the shared vision of integrating LDS technology into additive manufacturing. After years of collaboration and successful development, the first material that enables 3D printing of LDS components is now available. Commercial use of the Hot Lithography process at HARTING has begun.

Contact:

HARTING AG
Leugenestrasse 10
Schweiz – 2500 Biel 6
Tel: +41 323442121 (Central)
Fax: +41 323442122
Mail: MID(at)HARTING.com

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