How to leverage polymeric materials in the semiconductor industry
PEEK 3D printed parts solve a lot of challenges
Overcoming Semiconductor Industry Challenges Polymeric with High-Performance Polymer Products
The semiconductor industry propels countless systems and products essential to our lives, including those we use for work, communication, travel, entertainment, and more. Semiconductors, also known as integrated circuits (ICs) or microchips, have been instrumental in driving progress in various fields like communications, transportation, and clean energy. However, as the pace of innovation quickens, semiconductor manufacturers are tasked with tackling complex challenges and achieving crucial goals.
Key challenges include reducing leachables, friction, and contamination, extending product lifespan, decreasing wear, enhancing sealability, minimizing stick-slip, and simplifying design2. This is where high-performance polymer products for the semiconductor industry, like those created with 3D printing with PEEK (PolyEther Ether Ketone), come into play.
Critical parts made from PEEK for the electronic and semiconductor industry
These parts can change your industry
The Power of High-Performance Polymer Products
Semiconductors, containing tens of billions of transistors on a small silicon piece, are paving the way for groundbreaking technologies such as brain-inspired computing, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. The future holds immense potential for semiconductors, and to tap into this potential, high-quality, high-purity materials are indispensable.
The semiconductor industry heavily depends on high-performance materials like thermoplastics, elastomers, and fluoroelastomers for a variety of applications. These applications range from chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) to wet cleaning, surface preparation, etching, vacuum pumps, wafer handling, electroplating, deposition, and valves.
Products manufactured using high-performance polymer products for the semiconductor industry are diverse and include Optiseals, Chemical Delivery Unit Seals, Filtration Cartridges, Valve Seals, Pump Seals, Flow Controller Seals, Sight Glass Seals, and Heat Transfer Equipment Seals.
PEEK parts for semiconductor applications
The semiconductor industry sets forth rigorous standards and demanding specifications aimed at ensuring optimal chemical resistance, thermal stability, and plasma resistance. To collaborate with the industry’s frontrunners, manufacturers of polymer products are required to provide top-tier materials and compounds, frequently centered around high-performance polymers like PEEK.
PEEK polymers, owing to their advanced properties, offer a range of concrete advantages. They can help decrease the frequency of wet or mechanical cleaning, lower the cost of consumables, increase the mean time between failures (MTBF), and enhance the overall system uptime.