When it comes to bringing PCB prototype(s) from conception to production, there are many things you can do along the way to ensure that all of the variables are taken care of beforehand and are not consuming your time once rolled-out for production. One of the most crucial aspects is a robust prototyping process.
This is why so many engineers have turned to LPKF’s solutions for in-house PCB prototyping, because of the enhanced technological capabilities, coupled with other clear advantages over outsourcing during the prototyping process, are just too much value to pass up.
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The way in which businesses design, develop, and manufacture products are always evolving—and the landscape of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is no exception. Designing PCBs is an intricate process that requires highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in quality. From beginning to end, the process must be precise and detailed to avoid many of the common mistakes that are bound to occur along the way. This discussion summarizes five common PCB design mistakes and provides simple ways to avoid them.
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Much attention has been given to 3D printing in recent years as the technology has allowed users to manufacture a wide variety of items – from common mechanical parts to more outrageous projects like Vincent van Gogh’s ear.
While 3D printing was ground-breaking, there is another form of technology revolutionizing the world of rapid prototyping. Known as subtractive manufacturing, this technology is now accessible to companies that previously relied on external services. When coupled with in-house methods for electronics, subtractive manufacturing can drastically reduce design and test cycles.
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In the standard prototype design process, a prototype is first designed in-house but is then outsourced to a third party manufacturer. These facilities are often overseas, which consumes both a project’s budgeted time and capital. In response, some R&D departments have innovated in-house prototyping methods like 3D printing and CNC milling, which allow them to create a prototype right in their own labs.
Below are six reasons why you should consider in-house prototyping:
The case for in-house: How owning your own solution improves rapid prototyping and product development
History has proven that as technology evolves and becomes more refined, it also becomes more compact, powerful and accessible. For example, the ENIAC Computer – considered the first computer – weighed in at 30 tons and filled a 1,500-square-foot room. Its 40 cabinets stood at a towering nine feet and contained 8,000 vacuum tubes, 10,000 capacitors, 6,000 switches and 1,500 relays. Obviously, this ground-breaking behemoth is a far cry from the hand-held supercomputers we carry in our pockets each day.
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