Study: Small businesses are Eager to Perform PCB Prototyping On-site

Study: Small businesses are Eager to Perform PCB Prototyping On-site


Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and manufacturers, domestic electrical engineers, OEMs as well as others considering 3D-printed PCB boards and circuits unveils that there’s soaring demand for internal prototyping for exploration and product development. The enthusiasm is principally keen amongst firms that expend as much or more than $100,000 every year for prototyping support.

Of the over 975 respondents – representing 31 industries and disciplines and 25 nations around the world – getting involved in the survey managed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 % spend approximately $50,000 and 14 percent stated they spend more than $50,000 annually on electronic circuit board prototyping. Moreover, a full 16 %, or 142 participants, are forking over over $100,000 to contracted-out prototyping suppliers on a yearly basis. Nearly all respondents clarified that the prototyping costs were very high because they need the fabrication of advanced, multi-layer circuit boards – with 66 % of the people surveyed mentioning their designs need multiple layers.

While over 9 in 10 answerers proclaimed their corporations rely upon off-site prototyping facilities nowadays, about two in three claimed they presume their intellectual property (IP) is in jeopardy whenever they go for it. Many suggest they is hoping for alternatives for producing their own circuit cards from within.

“Designers and technical engineers evidently need shorter turnaround times and lowered risk each time sending their design files for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s CBO and a company co-founder. “But with the majority of the assembly houses based in Asia, timeliness is never an option. Actually, occasionally they end up with PCB boards for production that are not optimized as much as they would like mainly because of the long lead times. And giving out designs continually elevates the probabilities which the IP could be cloned or stolen.”

Even when the prototyping houses are really dependable partners, the time constraints involved with outsourcing can contrain innovation. Lots of designers rely on “safe” PCB board designs in lieu of exploring new ideas for fear they may trigger many versions – and raised delays – with the prototyping factory.

“With ground breaking substitutes similar to Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics market can lastly catch up to other kinds of manufacturing that have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey suggests the impulse is out there, and the market is all set for 3D-printed circuit cards which can be produced on-site immediately and affordably.”

Nano Dimension, a frontrunner in the field of 3D printed electronics, presents the poll on its website. Participants speak for industries which range from electronic circuit board makers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medicalmedical-related, detectors and wearables, telecoms, energy and the like.


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