Rapid Prototyping Corrosion Prevention


As we all know, electronic products can get damaged easily due to certain factors. Anyone who has used a basic cellular phone, tablet computer or a music device knows for a fact that one has to handle their electronics with care. It is not recommended, for example, to drop your phone into a bucket of water. You also would not want to let your device sit around in the sun when the temperature outside is a good ninety degrees. Dropping your laptop accidentally is a big no-no, and one should be wise to not step on any kind of electronic gadget at all times unless you are meant to stand on such a specifically designed gadget. However, gadgets can get damaged even though there is little to no human intervention. One of the factors that are dreaded to damage electronics is the process of corrosion. Metal components in your electronic device can get degraded almost inevitably if there are no proper safeguards to prevent this. Hence, devices begin to show signs of wear and tear sooner than they should.


EMI’s Answer: Intercept Technology

When the question of preventing corrosion comes, the engineers of EMI or Engineered Materials, Inc. might have an answer. The company has made it their aim to provide the safeguards necessary for the purpose. This is going to keep essential electronics, other such industrially important metal components in sectors like aerospace and energy safe from the corrosive influences, especially during the process of shipping these parts and gadgets. EMI’s answer to this problem is the use of Intercept Technology. The original developer of this technology is Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, originally formulated in order to repair the corrosion taking place on the Statue of Liberty. From them, EMI has licensed the use of Intercept Technology and further modified it as a protective mechanism for goods that have been packaged for shipping. In this technology, a reactive barrier of polymer works to neutralize the gasses that may corrode the items. Before these gasses can reach the contents of the packaging, this polymer wall stops it, allowing secure transportation through land, air or sea conditions.


How 3D Printing Comes into Play

The extra boost that has been given to this Intercept Technology is by dint of rapid prototyping. A new 3D printable ribbon can make this technology something else entirely. While other technologies working against corrosion use volatile substances and oils, Intercept technology is free from volatile, is solid and is a copper based polymer that can remain stable even at higher temperatures. This means that the company EMI could keep the material unchanged at temperatures that are required for the creation of 3D spools, as well as stable at the temperature of rapid prototyping and 3D printing.

By dint of this new development in Intercept Technology, one can now print complex shapes and part through rapid prototyping and 3D printing onboard electronics, as well as the subsidiary components that require protection against electrostatic discharge or ESD and corrosion. High-end clean applications can use this technology easily due to its non-volatile nature. Currently, 3D spools are available in order to protect against corrosion in a base made out of PLA. Another variant available is in an ABS polymer base, which protects against both corrosion and ESD permanently.


The Benefits

Albert Greenhut, a spokesperson from Illinois-based engineering company Engineered Materials, Inc. (EMI) explains that the development of the 3D spool is yet another extension of the Intercept Technology which proves how versatile it is in both consumer and industrial markets. The company has offices and technicians all over the world who are excited about the possibilities of this extension into rapid prototyping. This extension enables rapid prototyping of complex shapes and parts for onboard electronics used in aerospace, aviation and other purposes that need really strong ESD protection as well as anti-corrosion safety measures. It is due to the non-volatile nature of Intercept Technology’s anti-corrosion measures that allows 3D printing to be incorporated into the high end and clean applications.

At the request of many consumer electronics and aerospace industries, this rapid prototyping technology was developed. Both of these sectors need to be improved long term, non-volatile, stable and clean protection against corrosion of their products. Great news for these industries is that Intercept Technology is also available in the form of thermoformed and injection molded trays and parts. Yet the new 3D printable ribbons give the much-needed variation to the technology that is easier to manage, cleaner and much easier to manufacture.

The products of Intercept Technology are now globally available. These are being produced both in Europe and the United States where EMI is leading the technology arm, product development, research and development of the Intercept Technology team, and are determined to release at least one new product every year on an average which has Intercept Technology.


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