Leverage Part Consolidation Techniques, Novel Cooling Strategies and Intricate Nozzle Shapes Enabled by Direct Metal Printing to Produce Reliable Semiconductor Showerheads at High Speed
75%
component production time reduction
0.6mm
holes diameter
4:1
part count reduction

Increase Showerhead Deposition Precision and Uniformity While Reducing Production Lead Times

The Benefits of Metal Additive Manufacturing

  • Semiconductor Improve Gas Flow Efficiency
  • Design Flexibility

    Because additive manufacturing gives semiconductor equipment and thermal management engineers unprecedented design flexibility, they are able to unlock new levels of complexity for integrated cooling channels and reduce part counts and assemblies, thus providing uniform deposition and maximizing showerhead reliability.

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  • High Quality and Accuracy for Clean Room Environments

    Our direct metal printing solutions enable the production of small holes, as low as 0.6 mm in diameter, allowing you to produce highly accurate, finely detailed parts. Coupled with our proprietary processes for optimal particle cleanliness, our corrosion-resistant materials and the inert, ultra-low oxygen atmosphere of our metal additive manufacturing solutions, our customers produce metal parts that meet clean room requirements and are fit for use in semiconductor equipment.

  • Performance and Productivity

    Fine, intricate showerhead nozzles, better thermal management, and more reliable, consolidated components contribute to uniform material deposition and ultimately to significant increases in the speed, yield, and uptime of your semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Even Deposition with Semiconductor Showerheads

  • Improve Cooling Efficiency

    Due to high pressure and material heat, showerheads can accumulate significant thermal loads. Efficient thermal management with consistent temperature stability allows for uniform material deposition, positively impacting overall process accuracy.

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    Increased Components Reliability

    By creating monolithic showerheads, you are eliminating sources of leakage at weld lines. Superior cooling efficiency can be gained with no assembly required, translating to longer intervals between service and maximum tool uptime.

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    Lower-Cost Showerheads in a Fraction of the Time

    With additive manufacturing, changes to nozzles shape, size or quantity doesn’t impact 3D printing time, dramatically reducing lead-times and lowering material costs compared to CNC machining and other subtractive solutions. Monolithic components also dramatically reduce the number of suppliers required for product development and full-scale production.

Resources

  • Semiconductor ebook cover

    Rapidly Adopt and Scale Metal Additive Manufacturing

    In this eBook, you’ll learn how 3D Systems’ decades of experience and expertise helps integrate metal AM to drive performance, productivity, and reliability improvements for semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

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    Additive Manufacturing for Semiconductor Capital Equipment

    Discover how 3D Systems’ metal additive manufacturing can give semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers and suppliers the capabilities they need to improve performance, productivity, and reliability.

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    Our team can help you solve your most difficult design and production challenges with additive manufacturing solutions. Together we’ll identify your needs, working with you to optimize your designs, prototype, validate and define a manufacturing flow.