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SMT Stencil

Smyczek Finds the SMT Stencil Versatility It Was Looking For
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/Smyczek-US.pdf
Imagine being an electronics manufacturing service (EMS) with a regular New Product Introduction period of 3-4 days. Imagine next spending half of that time frame waiting to receive products you can’t fulfill your obligations without With limitation hindering production, it becomes clear more efficientoperations are needed.

PCB Prototyping

University Bochum SolarCars: Slashing Development Cycle Times with LPKF ProConduct University Bochum SolarCars
In the SolarCar project at Bochum University, vehicles such as the innovative SunCruiser PowerCore, which is powered solely by solar energy, are being developed. The printed circuit boards for the sophisticated electronic circuits in the car require numerous plated through-holes. LPKF ProConduct enabled the team to use a few large PCBs, instead of numerous small PCBs, and allowed for through-hole plating of all holes in a parallel process within a narrow timeframe.

The application report documents how ProConduct, as an easy-to-use chemical-free process, facilitates rapid in-house prototyping. Because the SolarCar project strives to develop a vehicle approved for road use, the fail-safe signal transmission was another important point in favor of ProConduct.
PCB Prototyping-Line of the University of Craiova PCB Prototyping-Line of the University of Craiova
The Department of Mechatronics and Robotics, Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics of the University of Craiova, Romania is using an LPKF production line from a ProtoMat to a reflow-oven ProtoFlow for the development and manufacturing of mobile robots. The circuit boards are manufactured much faster than before in their own laboratory.
Designing an antenna for fast space to earth communication: Step by step to final complex K/Ka band communication module Designing an antenna for fast space to earth communication: Step by step to final complex K/Ka band communication module
A few years ago, the University of Washington launched a CubeSat project, where undergraduate and graduate students worked on small satellites to explore the moon and asteroids. The challenge of fast RF board production needed for the project was solved by using an LPKF ProtoLaser S for the development of prototypes directly from CAD data to the finished product.
Refurbishing an Old Lamp with the LPKF ProtoMat E4 Refurbishing an Old Lamp with the LPKF ProtoMat E4
ELAB is an electronics laboratory for students of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Aachen. In the ELAB, the students have many high-quality measuring devices, tools, a 3D printer and the LPKF ProtoMat E44 circuit board plotter at their disposal.

Recently, the students equipped an old train conductor’s lamp with the latest technology. The ProtoMat E44 has successfully contributed to one of the main components of the revised lamp: The new circuit board.
Modernization of Childhood Play – LPKF ProtoMat E44 Reduces Development Time Modernization of Childhood Play – LPKF ProtoMat E44 Reduces Development Time
University students were challenged to develop and produce a game of "Schollenspiel" (floe game), in which a player has to memorize a path given by points of light on the playing field and follow it after the points of light have gone out. The students had to produce the game in just three weeks including iteration stages. This challenge could only be mastered by the fast and flexible creation of prototypes and small series by means of an LPKF ProtoMat E44 circuit board plotter.
Fraunhofer PCB Prototyping for Microsatellite Systems
The Center of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technology (CNTS-TUM) of the Technical University of Moldova started developing its own satellite. Since the satellite project requires a large number of high-precision, complex printed circuit boards, the CNTS-TUM decided to use an LPKF ProtoMat S103 circuit board plotter.
Fraunhofer Closing the Terahertz Gap at the Speed of Laser
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/fraunhofer.pdf
For many years, the terahertz range was something akin to an episode of The Outer Limits. Directly between the microwave and infrared spectrums lurked this mysterious electromagnetic range that was capable of.
Enercon LPKF ProtoMat Delivers Milling Diversity for Wind Power Specialist Enercon GmbH
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/enercon.pdf
International wind power specialist, Enercon, is one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world. Aside from the tall towers, nacelles, and blades, these structures require a considerable amount of electronics.
Motorsport LPKF Prototyping System Helps Racing Team Gain Competitive Edge
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/motorsport.pdf
To meet the rapidly changing demands in the Formula One racing industry, a leading engine supplier relies on LPKF's circuit prototyping system for instant turnaround of prototypes and breadboards.
Dockon LPKF Equipment Helps Antenna Technology Start-Up
Dockon Boost Sales and Showcase its Technology

http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/dockon.pdf
Start-up companies understand that faster is usually better when it comes to circuit board design. This is especially true amongst companies whose products enable consumer electronics applicati on.
Modco LPKF's Rapid PCB Prototyping Equipment Helps
Board Designers Stand Out with Custom Solutions

http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/modco.pdf
After recognizing the advantages that could be gained from expanding their custom design offerings, Modco was looking for a way to quickly and cost effectively facilitate custom designs for their customers.
University LPKF's PCB Milling Technology Keeps University Students Ahead of the Pack
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/university.pdf
In the world of circuit board design, it's often difficult to strike a balance between quick production times and continued product innovation. Pushing the boundaries of innovation can require multiple design iterations.
Trilithic LPKF Equipment Gives Companies the Flexibility to Meet Customer Needs
http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/trilithic.pdf
The fast-paced world of RF & Microwave Design often requires a certain amount of agility. As projects evolve, the ability to make last-minute design changes without compromising production schedules provides a significant competitive advantage.
Government LPKF Equipment Helps Government Agencies Save Time
While Following Environmental Laws

http://www.lpkfusa.com/casestudies/pdf/government.pdf
Government agencies have long relied on in-house prototyping for circuit board design. Producing prototypes in-house allows organizations to turn projects around quickly and maintain confidentiality. Unfortunately, environmental laws limiting.