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MPB: customized products for the electronics field thanks to 3ntr 3D printing

One of the most fascinating and stimulating challenges for 3D printing is certainly the fact that this technology offers personalized and at the same time quality products.

3D printing of end-use components: a concrete reality

Moving away from the additive manufacturing-prototyping combination has been a long journey full of challenges, but now the production of end-use components using 3D printing is an undisputed and feasible reality for many different industrial fields. A need that the italian company MPB also managed to satisfy, thanks to the constant and intensive use of the 3ntr A4v4 3D printer.

MPB is a leading company, whose commitment is to provide solutions and innovations in the world of telecommunications and industry through high-tech products, such as measuring instruments and sensors for electromagnetic shielding, antennas and field meters.

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Electronics: a fast-moving sector that benefits from rapid additive manufacturing

Electronics is a complex sector, which requires constant updates and above all to make the most of the potential of each production method while keeping an eye on innovation. These are the main reasons why MPB decided to include a 3D printer in the company, focusing on 3ntr’s A4v4 solution: “We saw the printer for the first time at the Parma Fair and immediately found it reliable and robust – says M. Borrega, Research and Development Director of MPB – First sensations then widely supported by the intensive use we make of the 3D printer in the company. By offering our customers highly customized products we have the need to print complex geometries and have the possibility of creating multi-material components. The small runs of some of our products did not justify the creation of injection molds and prototyping from external suppliers was often expensive. The inclusion of 3ntr additive manufacturing in the company was a significant added value”.

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3D printing to expand and satisfy the offer

Precision and flexibility are the two key words that have allowed MPB to expand the offer for its customers thanks to the new possibilities offered by 3ntr 3D printing:Using 3ntr additive manufacturing – continues M. Borrega – we internally produce the support components that go inside the instruments. Furthermore, we also produce many larger supporting devices even reaching entire products. We use the 3ntr A4v4 3D printer daily to create supports for antennas, templates and some instrument cases in the prototype phase. Even by creating relatively small measuring instruments for mechanical integration, for which the electronics must be very precise, the results obtained are much more than satisfactory”.

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Different materials and new possibilities

The vast range of materials available, constantly updated, also offers possibilities that were unthinkable until recently, to satisfy the most diverse needs: “We mainly print ABS of various colors, ASA and Elasto (TPU) with shore 95A – explains M. Borrega – and thanks to the three nozzles on the A4v4 we can deal with any kind of request and even any emergencies”. Furthermore, in this field, it is important to avoid deformations of the waveform of the generated field and it is therefore necessary not to use metals or very dense materials. In an anechoic chamber, to reduce the impact on the measurement, wood and polystyrene are generally used, even if the former retains a lot of humidity and the latter is not rigid enough: “The use of the 3D printer has allowed us to create a new line of customized supports (non-magnetic and non-reflective NMR) for every type of antenna, sensor or meter. The rigidity of the honeycomb-filled ABS finally allows us to create rigid and safe supports, even custom ones, with almost zero or negligible wave deformations”, concludes Borrega.

The offer of quality customized products, also for the electronics, electromagnetic fields and antennas sectors, has made a great leap in quality thanks to 3D printing and we at 3ntr are proud to support this momentum.

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