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3D Printing Allows Rapid Development, Lower Cost, Just-In-Time Inventory

3D Printing Allows Rapid Development, Lower Cost, Just-In-Time Inventory

3D Printing Allows Rapid Development, Lower Cost, Just-In-Time Inventory

We recently launched a variant product primarily due to 3D printing

BPM Microsystems manufactures device programmers (like copiers for microchips). Our mid-sized automated programmer, the 3910, can be configured with up to 4 of our programming sites, each of which can program up to 4 devices concurrently. The housing for the sites is a fabricated metal “cage”, which doesn’t allow for any custom configuration.

Enter the 3D printer…

Our engineering and production teams experimented with 3D printing individual site chassis. They were able to rapidly iterate different prototypes (rapid as in overnight compared to 5-8 weeks); final pieces were printed in carbon fiber filament.

“I’m moving BPM’s manufacturing and rapid prototyping into 3D printing because it’s so fast and flexible,” says Jon Bondurant, Vice President of Operations at BPM.  “The reduced turnaround times allow for fast iteration of continuous improvement cycles. 3D printing creates very little waste and uses recyclable materials making it a sustainable approach for replacing wasteful traditional manufacturing processes.”

3D printing enabled an existing platform to increase possible sites from 4 to 7 (a 75% increase in capacity) while reducing the cost of the site chassis from hundreds of dollars to a little over $10 in materials. Site chassis no longer need to be ordered in advance or pulled from existing inventory; they can be printed on-demand when the order comes in. We are looking into expanding into other areas, such as sockets and other parts that we previously machined on our CNC.

To see the 3928 go to bpmmicro.com/3928-7-site-aps/

Thanksgiving 2019 at BPM

Thanksgiving 2019 at BPM

We at BPM have much to be thankful for… and we shared a meal together and celebrated a successful year, even with a tough economy. We enjoyed a tradition turkey lunch along with some not-so-traditional treats (like home-made spring rolls).

There was a “wild turkey” scavenger hunt… all over the building there were turkeys. At about 10am, the word went out that there was a prize for the person with the most turkeys… those who check their email (like yours truly) began to gather turkeys. The winners got gift cards for HEB, a popular grocery store here in Texas.

We are very grateful to work with such amazing people…so generous, kind, talented, intelligent, hard-working and resourceful — (and really great cooks too!).

3928 Video Demo

3928 Video Demo

3928 Video Demo

The 3928, with up to seven sites, is made for programming large data devices, such as MCUs, eMMC HS400, NAND, NOR and Serial Flash devices. High-speed signals support devices up to 200 Mhz and the latest eMMC HS400 modes with data transfer rates of 2.5 nanoseconds per byte. With data transfer rates to 50 Gb per second, and verify rates up to 200 MB per second, the 3928 offers the industry’s fastest times with even more capacity compared to other systems in its class. This is up to 9 times faster than competing “universal” programmers, offering the Largest Memory Support in the industry―256 GB, upgradeable to 512 GB. Plus, by downloading image files up to 25 MB per second to all programmers simultaneously, the system rapidly produces devices at maximum achievable throughput.