Research: Companies are Eager to Carry out PCB Prototyping From Within
Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and manufacturers, electrical engineers, OEMs and others keen on 3D-printed circuit boards and circuits shows that there exists ever-increasing request for in-house prototyping for exploration and product development. The passion is primarily keen amongst firms that spend as much or more than $100,000 per year for prototyping services.
Of the above 975 answerers – standing for 31 industries and disciplines and 25 nations around the world – undertaking the market research executed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 percent expend roughly $50,000 and 14 % stated they spend more than $50,000 each year on PCB board prototyping. Plus, a full 16 percent, or 142 respondents, are spending above $100,000 to contracted prototyping suppliers per year. The vast majority of respondents said that the prototyping service fees were huge mainly because they need the fabrication of complicated, multi-layer PCBs – with 66 per cent of those surveyed expressing their designs require multiple layers.
While at least 9 in 10 answerers pointed out their enterprises employ offsite prototyping industrial facilities at present, pretty much two in three claimed they believe their intellectual property (IP) is endangered when they do so. Most state they wish selections for making their own circuit boards in house.
“Designers and technicians evidently wish speedier turnaround times and reduced risk every time sending out their design information for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer and a firm co-founder. “But with a lot of the manufacturing houses centered at China, timeliness has never been an option. Indeed, oftentimes they end up with circuit boards for production which aren’t enhanced as much as they desire owing to the long lead times. And mailing designs generally raises the chances that the IP might be copied or stolen.”
Even if the prototyping houses are completely trustworthy partners, the time constraints regarding outsourcing can limit ingenuity. A number of designers depend on “safe” PCB designs rather than exploring innovative new ideas lest they may bring about a variety of iterations – and added delays – with the prototyping plant.
“With inventive alternate options just like Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics can finally catch up to other types of manufacturing which have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey shows the necessity is there, and the market is set for 3D-printed circuit cards which can be produced on-site rapidly and cost-effectively.”
Nano Dimension, a leader around 3D printed electronics, sponsors the poll on its online site. Participants stand for industries covering everything from PCB board makers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical, sensors and wearables, telecommunications, energy and others.