GB> Re: [AMRadio] Tin whiskers?

Bob Macklin macklinbob at
Wed Feb 2 16:05:07 EST 2005


We had conductive epoxies back in the 60s. It had silver powder in it. It
was a mess to work with. We used it mostly on space projects.

This latest thing is an epoxy doped with fine nickel particals. When the
parts are assembled under pressure the resin is squezzed out and the nickle
particles make the contact between the the part and the PCB. The cured resin
then both holds the part in place and makes an airtight seal.

When I was first told about it by a friend I was really skeptical.  We
actually did make some computer memory board with this process but the
company I was working for went bellyup before they could develop a viable

Geting rid of the lead was the object.

But managment was more interested in sellin g stock than developing the
process. I beleive there was financial fraud involved. When I left (I QUIT)
they owed me two months wages ($16K).

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Henderson" <cybercat at>
To: "Bob Macklin" <macklinbob at>; "Discussion of AM Radio"
<amradio at>; "'Glowbugs (E-mail)"
<glowbugs at>
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 12:36 PM
Subject: Re: GB> Re: [AMRadio] Tin whiskers?

> Was this one of the ancestors of "conductive epoxy"".
>  - Bill H.
> >About 10 years I go I worked with a proces that used nickel particals in
> >epoxy resin to replace solder. The process did work but was a real mess
> >work with. We tried making surface mount PCBs with this process. The
> >have to be mounted with the GOO and then held in position until the GOO
> >cured. And we did use accelerators with the GOO but it was impractical at
> >the time.
> >
> >Bob Macklin
> >K5MYJ/7
> >Seattle, Wa.
> >
> >
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