Poll: Small businesses are Needing In-House Circuit Board Prototyping In-House
Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and makers, domestic electrical engineers, OEMs and other people excited about 3D-printed PCBs and circuits unveils that there’s boosting desire for internal prototyping for study and product development. The interest is especially keen among businesses that invest at least as much as $100,000 each year for prototyping solutions.
Of the beyond 975 respondents – that represent 31 industries and disciplines and 25 nations – involved in the online survey directed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 % devote around $50,000 and 14 % pointed out they spend more than $50,000 every year on circuit board prototyping. As well, a full 16 percent, or 142 participants, are shelling out more than $100,000 to outsourced prototyping vendors per year. The majority of participants explained that the prototyping service fees were very high mainly because they demand the manufacturing of complex, multi-layer PCBs – with 66 percent of the people interviewed mentioning their designs consist of multiple layers.
While more than 9 in 10 respondents mentioned their enterprises count on offsite prototyping facilities presently, about two in 3 mentioned they believe their intellectual property (IP) is at an increased risk when they do it. Most suggest they are looking for options for printing their own circuit boards inside.
“Designers and engineers visibly want quicker turn-around times and decreased danger when mailing out their design docs for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s CBO and a firm co-founder. “But with most of the manufacturing houses based in Asia, timeliness is never an option. In fact, usually they end up with PCB boards for production that are not improved as much as they want due to the long lead times. And giving out designs usually raises the odds which the IP could be imitated or snatched.”
Even when the prototyping houses are well dependable partners, the time constraints relating to outsourcing can constrain creativity. Lots of designers depend on “safe” circuit board designs rather than exploring new ideas for fear they may lead to multiple iterations – and added delays – with the prototyping facility.
“With innovative choices such as Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics can finally catch up to other kinds of manufacturing that have taken advantage of additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey suggests the need exists, and the market is ready for 3D-printed circuit boards that can be made on-site quickly and cheaply.”
Nano Dimension, a leader around 3D printed electronics, hosts the survey on its web site. Answerers represent industries covering everything from circuit card producers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical-related, detectors and wearables, telecoms, energy and the others.