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German exports to China grow strongly

Germany’s electronics manufacturing sector had a strong 2014 and continued to grow at the end of the year. Further growth is expected in 2015 as exports, particularly to China, grow strongly. The electronics sector is also predicted to benefit from “Industry 4.0”, part of the German government’s…

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Sebastian Conran takes 3D printing into schools

Sebastian Conran has teamed up with publisher, Eaglemoss to bring 3D printing and design into the school classroom. The Vector 3 printer comes with a step-by-step 3D design tutorial course for school learning. Sebastian Conran, founding director of Sebastian Conran Associates, said: “As 3D printing technology and applications…

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Is this the future of 3D printers?

US firm Voxel8 has developed a 3D printer which allows you to co-print matrix materials such as thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks. The claim is this extends the capability of existing desktop 3D printers which only print thermoplastics or UV resins. The possibility of printing conductive inks has…

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Sebastian Conran 3D printer built from weekly magazine

It is now possible to build your own 3D printer to make jewellery and smartphone cases in weekly instalments. It is the novel idea of Eaglemoss Collections which has teamed up with designer Sebastian Conran to create a 3D printer which can be built in weekly instalments. The publisher claims…

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Cambridge manufacturer makes LEDs shine bright

Cambridge Nanotherm is expecting to make a strong start to 2015 with growing sales of its nanoceramic thermal management products, particularly in the LED lighting market. Cambridge Nanotherm installed its first production line last March. “Upgrading our systems was necessary to cope with the demand,” commented Ralph Weir, CEO of…

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Laser part number blanking hinders reverse-engineering

To make it tougher for rivals to copy designs, some companies erase component-top part numbers. “The problem is that this is usually done after the PCB assembly otherwise it is difficult to ensure that the board is made correctly, but the usual technique of manually grinding the markings off…

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