Laser Direct Structuring
Laser Direct Structuring - SelectConnect Technologies , a Division of Arlington Plating Company, utilizes a laser direct structuring (LDS) process to construct a Laser Direct Structuring on an injection molded component.
Traditional manufacturing processes to attach circuit pathways to an injection molded component do not allow for the creation of a Laser Direct Structuring due to the inherent limitations of 2- dimensional options such as rigid circuit boards and flex circuits.
With our process, utilizing a laser, we scribe a pattern on an injection molded part with the pattern following the 3D contours of the part. The surface that has been scribed with the laser is activated, due to a special additive in the polymer, and when the part undergoes our patented SelectConnect™ plating process with electroless copper, electroless nickel and immersion gold, the resultant Laser Direct Structuring conforms exactly to the laser pattern.
By creating a true Laser Direct Structuring directly on the plastic component, the designer now has freedoms previously unavailable. These design freedoms allow parts consolidation, weight reduction, miniaturization, reduced assembly time, improved reliability, and overall system cost reduction.
Key markets and applications for this Laser Direct Structuring structuring process include medical, automotive, aerospace, military, RF antennas, RFIDs, sensors, security housings and connectors.
Contact us to learn about our Laser Direct Structuring technology and how we can help you use the SelectConnect™ Process in your systems.
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