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.
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.
Any manufacturers worth their salt know that prototyping is an extremely important step in the innovation process and needs to be planned for and invested in, but many aren’t aware that simply prototyping isn’t enough. For prototypes to be worth the amount of time and money put into them, they also need to be able to be built rapidly.
Problems with PCBs can happen after many years of use, or PCBs can have malfunctions mistakenly built into the board during manufacturing. Most PCBs problems are repairable thanks to their physical nature.