Reliability aspects are crucial for the success of every technology in industrial application. Regarding interconnect devices, several methods are applied to evaluate reliability of conductor paths like accelerated environmental tests. Especially, molded interconnect devices (MID), which enable numerous applications with three-dimensional (3D) circuitry on 3D shaped injection-molded thermoplastic parts are often under particular stress, e.g., as component of a housing. In this study, a new test method for evaluating the flexural fatigue strength of conductor paths produced by the laser-based LPKF-LDS® technology is presented. For characterization of test samples, a test bench for flexural fatigue test was built up. A result of the flexural fatigue test is a characteristic Woehler curve of the metal layer system. Applying this new test method, essential influencing parameters on the reliability of MID under mechanical load can be identified. So, the metal layer system as well as the geometric parameters of the metal layer is crucial for the performance. Furthermore, test specimens are tested under different types of mechanical load, i.e., tensile stress and compressive stress. For a holistic view on reliability of MID, experimental results are discussed and supported by simulations. An important finding of the study is the advantage of nickel-free layer systems in contrast to the Cu/Ni/Au layer system, which is often used in MID technology.
Investigations on Flexural Fatigue Strength of Conductor Paths Fabricated by LPKF-LDS® Technology
Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MICRO- AND NANO-MANUFACTURING. Manuscript received June 22, 2017; final manuscript received October 27, 2017; published online December 14, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Ulf Engel.
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Mueller, H., Groezinger, T., Weser, S., Eberhardt, W., and Zimmermann, A. (December 14, 2017). "Investigations on Flexural Fatigue Strength of Conductor Paths Fabricated by LPKF-LDS® Technology." ASME. J. Micro Nano-Manuf. March 2018; 6(1): 011004. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4038320
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