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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More companies are beginning to recognize the numerous benefits of in-house rapid prototyping. Once executives have experienced all of the advantages–design validation, functional testing, and faster launch of new products–they are often convinced. So why don’t some businesses make the switch? Some businesses continue outsourcing their prototyping because they believe the ownership costs of in-house prototyping are prohibitive.
This article exposes the biggest myths about outsourcing and reveals the true benefits of in-house prototyping
Although some companies choose to outsource design data to engineers, the problems of getting a workable PCB out the door can be difficult to predict and lead to costly mistakes. The first part of this two-part series will reveal some of the unexpected expenses associated with outsourcing your PCB design data, as well as some options for how you can deal with them.
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For many reasons, it can be somewhat intimidating when you’re finally ready to bring your PCB design to mass production. There are so many electronics, variables, and design specifics to go over before you actually bring a final iteration of your prototype to mass production that it can almost seem too complex to understand at times. There is, however, a simple formula to use, or series of questions you can ask yourself before you bring your final PCB design into mass production.
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Innovation is a never ending source of potential breakthroughs for manufacturers. There are so many benefits that come along with turning a good idea into a successful invention that it’s no wonder many manufacturers are constantly designing their new products from scratch to benefit themselves within their particular field. But many manufacturers aren’t aware of how to optimize this process so that they waste the least amount of money and get the most benefit. For example, a large number of manufacturers don’t invest much time or money in creating prototypes.
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