As you’re no doubt aware, the semiconductor shortage hit many companies hard during the pandemic, making everything from silicon chips to FZ wafers difficult to find.
Increased demand, combined with several factors affecting the supply chain made it very difficult for a variety of different industries to produce the products they needed.
During that time, many innovative manufacturing processes were discussed to determine the best way to mitigate the problem. Among them was the idea of 3D printing semiconductors. Learn how 3D printing could help the industry, as well as its limitations.
No. Most integrated circuits are far too complicated to be printed on a 3D printer. You also have to consider the environment that wafer manufacturers need to create, since minute air particles can damage an integrated circuit.
Sometimes, the damage done to wafers can’t even be detected by the human eye. A 3D printer simply isn’t going to be able to create an entire integrated circuit.
Yes, 3D printers can be used to create certain parts that are used in the manufacture of semiconductors. This is known as assisted manufacturing, and it’s especially useful if you need to replace a component of an already-existing wafer.
By repairing existing wafers, you can ease semiconductor demand. The best components for 3D printers include:
There’s also work being done on 3D printing prototypes, which can help reduce the lead time.
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