Book of the Week: Introduction to Electronic Packaging

By on April 16th, 2024 in book

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Introduction to Electronic Packaging [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “Introduction to Electronic Packaging: Unconventional Guide to Product Design” by S.A. Srinivasa Moorthy.

“Electronic packaging”? What does that have to do with 3D printing? It turns out quite a bit.

Electronics packaging refers to the design of the enclosure for an electronic project. In other words, the case for the PCBs, switches, lights and displays.

These are, of course, critical for electronic projects, and it turns out there is a science in how to design them properly. “Properly” means not only fully functional, but also in a way that’s amenable to scaled up manufacturing.

3D printed electronics cases are extremely common; I’ve 3D printed many in my time, usually for Raspberry Pi projects. However, enclosures can be quite complex, and need to fully address the requirements of the specific project.

This book tackles the topic in great detail: it’s literally an entire book dedicated to enclosure design concepts, principles and rules-of-thumb.

The book begins with a detailed explanation of enclosures, including their purpose. Also included is a long discussion of why enclosures matter, and how they can affect different aspects of the product. In particular, manufacturing gets a specific focus.

One section discusses how to select the most appropriate manufacturing process for the project, which makes a great deal of sense. However, regardless of the manufacturing process selected, it’s always useful to iterate through the designs by 3D printing small quantities of the design.

If you’re in the midst of an electronics project and would like to learn everything about making enclosures for your design, this is the book for you.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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