Investigation: Firms are Desirous to Carryout PCB Prototyping On-site
Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and producers, electrical engineers, OEMs as well as others considering 3D-printed PCB boards and circuits uncovers that there’s definitely boosting request for internal prototyping for study and product development. The interest is primarily keen among businesses that pay at least as much as $100,000 yearly for prototyping services.
Of the around 975 respondents – which represent 31 industries and disciplines and 25 nations – involved in the survey directed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 percent expend approximately $50,000 and 14 % mentioned they spend more money than $50,000 yearly on electronic circuit board prototyping. As well, a full 16 %, or 142 participants, are paying out above $100,000 to delegated prototyping vendors per year. The vast majority of participants said that the prototyping fees were significant since they require the fabrication of advanced, multi-layer circuit cards – with 66 per cent of the people interviewed saying their designs consist of multiple layers.
While over 9 in 10 respondents said their establishments depend upon offsite prototyping industrial facilities now, practically two in three suggested they think their intellectual property (IP) is on the line every time they do this. Many claim they are looking for options for printing their own PCB boards from within.
“Designers and technicians certainly want faster turn-around times and minimized threat each time giving out their design information for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s CBO and a company co-founder. “But with virtually all of the producing houses positioned in China, timeliness is hardly ever an option. Actually, oftentimes they end up with PCBs for production that aren’t optimized as much as they desire caused by the long lead times. And dispatching designs always increases the likelihood which the IP might be imitated or thieved.”
Even when the prototyping houses are well dependable partners, the time constraints related to outsourcing can stifle ingenuity. A number of designers depend on “safe” PCB designs rather than exploring new ideas lest they may cause a number of iterations – and added delays – with the prototyping factory.
“With progressive options like Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics can eventually catch up to other forms of manufacturing which have taken advantage of additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey displays the need is out there, and the market is all set for 3D-printed PCBs that can be made on-site instantly and affordably.”
Nano Dimension, a frontrunner around 3D printed electronics, facilitates the questionnaire on its site. Respondents represent industries which range from PCB board makers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical, sensors and wearables, telecommunications, energy and the others.