Pulse Electronics Corp. has introduced its laser direct structuring (LDS) antenna manufacturing process for antenna parts that are too long or large to fit well into conventional laser machines. According to the company, the lasering process saves as much as 30% over manufacturing done with previous LDS machines, making LDS antennas cost-competitive alternatives for laptop computers, tablets and notebooks. High-radio-frequency performance 3-D-shaped antennas are needed to enable ever-smaller and -thinner mobile devices, especially in the desired round shapes. The concept was developed based on LPKF Laser & Electronics’ new Fusion 3D 1100 laser machine, which is adapted with a Pulse Electronics-designed and -manufactured part handling system. The process has fewer design and dimensional limitations, yet still meets production efficiency requirements.