Some of you may remember the days of sketching your breakthrough ideas for new products on a napkin at a diner or in a spiral-bound notebook on your desk. There it was – the fruit of your imagination on paper, which you kept in a safe place away from competitor’s eyes until you could push it through to production. Today, your imagination comes to life more often on a computer screen or tablet with a design schematic ready to send out to a third-party for rapid PCB prototyping.
Batman and Robin. Lucy and Ricky. Roy Rogers and Trigger. You get the picture – the perfect match drives fame, fortune, and legendary success. In the auto industry, the perfect match of laser plastic welding and polymers for sensor housings makes all the difference between high performance, best-selling models and unattractive, unreliable lemons.
When the roof starts to leak and the floors begin to creak, you know a home makeover is long overdue. But how do you know when your PCB manufacturing line needs an extreme upgrade to the latest technology? Printed circuit boards and their uses have evolved and changed dramatically since their introduction in the 1940s, and so have their manufacturing methods. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is on the same page when it comes to staying in tune with today’s advanced miniature boards designed for highly sophisticated electronics.
In the not so distant past, there were limited choices for welding plastics – i.e. gluing or vibration/ultrasonic welding; and while both have their advantages and ideal applications, they are not up to the task of handling today’s smaller and more sophisticated product designs that use plastics.
It can be confusing to compare typical plastic welding methods and determine which one is best for joining plastics in your product design application. In this post, we’re going to give you a quick Plastic Welding 101 tutorial on the pros and cons of each type of plastic joining process and provide you some guidelines on ideal applications for each.
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?