Survey: Businesses are Wishing to Perform PCB Board Prototyping In-House

Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and manufacturers, electrical engineers, Original equipment manufacturers as well as others fascinated by 3D-printed PCBs and circuits shows that there’s definitely ever-increasing demand for internal prototyping for research and product development. The desire is principally keen amongst firms that shell out at least as much as $100,000 each and every yearyear for prototyping solutions.

Of the beyond 975 answerers – which represent 31 industries and disciplines and 25 countries around the world – getting involved in the investigation conducted by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 percent expend close to $50,000 and 14 percent said they spend more than $50,000 on a yearly basis on electronic circuit board prototyping. What’s more, a full 16 percent, or 142 participants, are paying at least $100,000 to contracted-out prototyping suppliers every year. The majority of participants mentioned that the prototyping costs were substantial basically because they need the manufacture of complex, multi-layer circuit cards – with 66 per cent of the people surveyed mentioning their designs involve multiple layers.

While above 9 in 10 answerers claimed their enterprises count on offsite prototyping plants today, practically 2 in three stated they believe their intellectual property (IP) is on the line every time they do it. Many suggest they would like choices for producing their own circuit boards from within.

“Designers and technical engineers visibly require quicker turn-around times and lower danger every time sending their design information for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer and a enterprise co-founder. “But with most of the assembly houses centered at China, timeliness is rarely an option. In truth, usually they end up with circuit boards for production that aren’t improved as much as they desire owing to the long lead times. And giving out designs always increases the likelihood which the IP could be copied or stolen.”

Despite that the prototyping houses are really dependable partners, the time constraints involving outsourcing can limit ingenuity. A lot of designers rely upon “safe” PCB designs other than exploring new ideas for fear they may trigger a lot of iterations – and added delays – with the prototyping plant.

“With inventive options like Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics can eventually catch up to other kinds of manufacturing that have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey shows the drive is out there, and the market is set for 3D-printed circuit boards that can be made on-site efficiently and cheaply.”

Nano Dimension, a pacesetter in the field of 3D printed electronics, facilitates the study on its site. Respondents represent industries which range from electronic circuit board producers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medicalmedical, sensors and wearables, telecommunications, energy and the others.