PCB Prototyping: In-house or Outsource?

Printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping is a key component of the product development process in professional electronics manufacturing. However, because of the traditionally complex steps involved in producing prototype boards, many manufacturers outsource production of their prototype boards to external prototyping specialists. Such outsourcing generally incurs high costs and/or relatively long turnaround times depending on board design complexity and the logistics involved in shipping the board to its destination.

With Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020™ 3D Printer for rapid-prototyping, PCBs are produced in-house, within hours, ready for the next round of testing and design refinement. Without the need to send designs to third parties, Intellectual Property (IP) security risks are also eliminated. The rapid prototyping capabilities offered by the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer ultimately translate to shorter go-to-market times, greater freedom to innovate for board designers, and improved overall productivity and return on investment (ROI).

  • Aim and Target Audience
  • Background
  • Problems with Outsourcing PCB Prototyping
  • Introduction to 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing)
  • Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer Eases the Path from Design to Prototype
  • The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer
  • Conclusion

Written by: Kevan Png & J.F. Lee, March 2016