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54 PCB007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 The Plating Forum: An Overview of Surface Finishes E Surface finishes' research and development departments on the supplier side have been very busy coming up with new finishes to meet the everchanging demands of the electronics industry. Today, designers have wide variety of finishes to choose from. Nano Dimension Teams with Fraunhofer Institute to Develop Next-gen 3D Printing Systems E Nano Dimension Ltd. announced a collabo- ration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Man- ufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (Fraunhofer IPA). Matrix Announces Expanded Inventory for Flex Materials E Matrix Electronics, a North American quick- turn supplier for raw materials to the printed circuit market, announced that they have com- pleted an expansion of their inventory of flex circuit materials to support the growing flex and rigid‐flex circuit business. Ucamco Releases Updates for UcamX and Integr8tor E Ucamco is proud to release UcamX and Inte- gr8tor v2021.04. Both are major updates for your soware suite and for the PCB sector at large. IEC Partners atg and Eternal Technology Receive Award from TTM Technologies E IEC is proud to congratulate two of their sup- ply partners, atg Luther & Maelzer and Eter- nal Technology, for winning a Global Supplier Award this year from TTM Technologies. Insulectro Hires Supply/Demand Expert Montserrat Barcelo as Director of Supply Chain E Insulectro, a distributor of materials for use in manufacture of printed circuit boards and printed electronics, has hired industry veteran Montserrat Barcelo as director of supply chain, replacing Jason Shuppert, who was recently promoted to vice president of operations. Testing Todd: Design for Manufacturing? Don't Forget Test! E Design for manufacture (DFM) is a great disci- pline for creating designs that provide optimum performance while still maintaining affordability. However, what can be, and does get overlooked is the DFT (Design for Test) variable. As greater manufacturing demands are put to the manu- facturer it also creates challenges to validate the electrical deliverables that may be required. Additive Reality: Solder Mask Patterning at the Edge Between Drops and Bricks E e digital form of the inkjet printing tech- nology goes through files containing a raster- ized image; these bitmaps, in their simplest form, contain information about presence (or absence) of drops. Additionally, the resolution brings in the drops pitch. Nan Ya PCB Reports 30% YoY Revenue Growth for August E Nan Ya Printed Circuit Board Corp. has posted unaudited sales of NT$4.7 billion ($170.36 mil- lion at $1=NT$27.73) in August 2021, down by 3.2% from the previous month, but up by 30% year-on-year.

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