ESD requirements posed a challenge
Stefan Fent, Head of operating equipment design, and his team, wanted a solution that went beyond simple 3D printing.
The goal was to minimize the high costs and the large amount of work for the diverse operating equipment.
They were looking for a real manufacturing system that could produce mechanically resilient components in a process-safe and repeatable manner.
The focus was particularly on the substitution of components made of plastic and aluminum, which previously had to be ordered with long lead times or manufactured mechanically.
In addition, the system had to be able to reliably produce applications for electronic component manufacturing with ESD-compliant materials.
An initial attempt to integrate 3D printing into the workflow failed because of the latter requirements. After all, there are many 3D printers, but only a few that reliably meet the industry’s requirements.
Industrial 3D printing from a single source
At a regional trade show, the team got to know Markforged’s additive manufacturing machines. By using continuous fiber technology, the issue of mechanical strength was quickly resolved. With the carbon continuous fiber, the strengths of aluminum can even be surpassed.
At Markforged, software, hardware and materials go hand-in-hand. The eco-system is 100% coordinated with each other and thus offers maximum reliability and process safety.
The Markforged material Onyx ESD also meets the requirements of the EMS industry with regard to antistatic properties.
In the spring of 2022, Stefan Fent decided to integrate two manufacturing machines from Mark3D – Markforged into the production equipment.
Since then, a Markforged OnyxPro and a Markforged X7 now manufacture fixtures and templates around the clock. The OnyxPro is a desktop machine and all-rounder for the production of continuous fiberglass-reinforced components. The Markforged X7 produces mechanically loadable components by inserting continuous carbonfiber, glassfiber and Kevlar into the components. In addition, the components for electronics production can also be printed here in Onyx ESD material.