Research: Many businesses are Attempting to Execute Circuit Card Prototyping From Within
Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and makers, domestic electrical engineers, OEMs as well as others enthusiastic about 3D-printed PCB boards and circuits uncovers that there’s definitely escalating demand for internal prototyping for research and product development. The interest is especially keen among firms that pay out as much or more than $100,000 each and every yearyear for prototyping support.
Of the about 975 respondents – representing 31 industries and disciplines and 25 countries – joining the market research executed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 % devote roughly $50,000 and 14 percent said they spend more than $50,000 yearly on electronic circuit board prototyping. In addition to that, a full 16 percent, or 142 respondents, are shelling out above $100,000 to outsourced prototyping vendors yearly. Nearly all participants outlined that the prototyping service fees were very high due to the fact they need the manufacturing of complicated, multi-layer PCB boards – with 66 per cent of the people surveyed saying their designs consist of multiple layers.
While above 9 in 10 respondents stated their companies depend upon offsite prototyping industrial facilities presently, more or less two in 3 explained they presume their intellectual property (IP) is threatened every time they do this. Many claim they would love options for printing their own PCBs from within.
“Designers and technicians evidently prefer shorter turn-around times and decreased risk when giving out their design documents for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer and a company co-founder. “But with the majority of the production houses in China, timeliness is never an option. Actually, oftentimes they end up with circuit boards for production which aren’t optimized as much as they want due to the long lead times. And sending designs definitely heightens the chances that the IP might be copied or snatched.”
Even if the prototyping houses are well reputable partners, the time constraints relating to outsourcing can constrain creativity. Loads of designers count on “safe” circuit board designs instead of exploring innovative new ideas in case they may lead to a couple of versions – and additional delays – with the prototyping facility.
“With innovative solutions for example Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics industries can lastly catch up to other forms of manufacturing which have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey proves the necessity exists, and the market is ready for 3D-printed PCB boards which can be produced on-site soon and affordably.”
Nano Dimension, a frontrunner in the area of 3D printed electronics, hosts the investigation on its web site. Contributors speak for industries ranging from PCB producers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical-related, sensors and wearables, telecommunications, energy and many others.