The combination of additive manufacturing technology and PCB design and development is certainly something to get excited about. Read on!
FREMONT, CA: Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are the backbone of electronics. Although PCBs are small, prototyping and manufacturing them is quite challenging. Most companies today are outsourcing this process. However, the advancement of additive manufacturing has ushered in a new era for PCB design and development, and what was once considered as expensive and time-consuming is now a production method that can save time, money, and resources.
Design prototyping in PCB manufacturing is usually slow, costly, and prone to limitations and roadblocks. The complex development process of PCBs can also be prone to workflow constraints. Additive manufacturing allows for the creation of prototypes of PCBs to move in-house, reducing procurement expenses and intellectual property challenges. Additionally, printing PCBs in-house will enable developers to test ideas that might otherwise be too costly and time-consuming. By using additive manufacturing, PCB developers can design and print a new prototype in-house and test it internally. This will allow PCB manufacturers to quickly iterate their designs, improve their workflow and quality, and achieve optimized time to market.
As additive manufacturing becomes more widely available, more businesses have utilized them to achieve their production needs. Additive manufacturing is capable of producing customized PCBs on demand. As an alternative to using the traditional method of creating a PCB, additive manufacturing processes build up the PCB as it prints. Because additive manufacturing only uses materials that are vital to building the product, less material is used, and resulting in lower manufacturing costs. Additive manufacturing also eliminates waste and reduces the time taken for manufacturing from several days to a few hours.
Additive manufacturing continues to produce PCBs quickly and more economically than traditional manufacturing methods. The excitement around this new technology is to only grow in the future.