Don’t Let Your PCB Design Dreams Die – Rapid Prototype Them

That nirvana state of ideation – when the virtual light bulb comes on over your head and illuminates a new PCB design for a next-generation product – makes you want to jump up and create it NOW! That’s where PCB prototyping can put you on the fast track from ideation to creation of new and advanced PCB designs. There’s nothing more satisfying to a designer than holding a working prototype in your hands, testing it and seeing if it works the way you envisioned it. Right?

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Looking to truly complete your PCB engineering lab?

Release your creativity with an in-house prototyping machine.

Ever see those posts about “life hacks” – how to use common everyday things in new, creative ways? Like using a gum wrapper and a battery to spark a flame. (A bit useless unless you’re stuck in the woods, but you get the picture.) At LPKF, we see our engineering customers using our PCB prototyping machines for a lot more than just what they were designed for. What’s more, they are saving significant time while boosting their creativity by not having to send out prototype jobs to a PCB or other fabricating vendor.

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Proprietary PCB Software: The Catch of Free Design Tools

You don’t have to look far to find a PCB fabrication house that offers a free design package as an incentive. On the surface, these packages seem to be a great deal. They boast features that include extensive part libraries, integrated design schematics, and easy-to-use board creation wizards. And instead of paying hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for your design software, you pay nothing.

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Musing: What Could You do With Four Days?

Sometimes when you are working so close to something it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that matter. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon a survey LPKF ran in 2012.

Circulated amongst LPKF in-house PCB prototyping users, 86.5% of the poll’s respondents stated they save four days or more per project when compared to their experiences with outsourced PCB prototyping methods. FOUR days! That’s a lot of time!

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A PCB at Any Hour

PCB_any_hour_1How Team Boom Done Used an LPKF PCB Prototyping System to Assist the FIRST Robotics Competition 

What do you do when you need a printed circuit board at 1 AM? If you’re a member of Team Boom Done, you fire up your LPKF ProtoMat S103 and get things done. But just how does one arrive at such a predicament? Let me tell the tale.

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