There is a tremendous opportunity for 3D Printing to help ease the shortage of semiconductor and to strengthen the supply chains.

Why use 3D Printed Semiconductor

The global supply chain has been fighting the impact brought by COVID-19 for a long time and continues to face challenges when production lines are interrupted. While more and more regions and commercial centers in the world are gradually reopening and more people are back to the scene, the biggest challenge to be overcome in the foreseeable future is still there -- It is the shortage of semiconductors, and which has been lasting for over years.

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3D Printing delivers immediate benefits to capital equipment manufacturers


Manifold fluid flow optimization

Using traditional manufacturing processes to produce complex fluid manifolds results in large, heavy parts that have non-optimal fluid flow due to abrupt transitions between components, and channels with sharp angles that lead to disturbance, pressure drops, stagnant zones and leakage.
When applying 3D printing technique to produce these manifolds, engineers can optimize their designs to reduce pressure drops, mechanical interference, and vibration. The interference force caused by flow-inducing can be reduced by 90%; therefore the the system vibration is reduced, and the accuracy is improved by 1-2 nm.

3D Printing delivers immediate benefits to capital equipment manufacturers


Low tooling cost, Molding in one, Stable size, Short lead time


3D printed semiconductor is a single part which can replace traditional multi-assembled parts. It is a structural optimization, so labor hour for part counting and assembly can be reduced.

The production of parts using traditional technology relies on brazing to join parts together. This is a long and low-yield process with a 50% rejection rate. Replacing multi-assembled parts with monolithic additive manufactured (3D printed) components can improve reliability, increase manufacturing yield, and reduce labor costs.