How Rapid Prototyping PCB is Revolutionizing PCB Manufacturing in terms of Growth?
In a competitive scenario where go-to-market is an important aspect of product success, the role of speed cannot be overstated! In short, the less the time it takes for a company to move from concept to product stage, the more the scope of its success.
This is something that a rapid PCB prototype service can ensure. Before we delve into the how, it will be prudent to look at what really is the rapid PCB prototype process?
In short, Rapid Prototyping PCB process is a set of methods that you can use in order to create a prototype of your product. In turn, the prototype can then be used to validate your final product. The fact that variations of a prototype can be created in a short time span gives a significant boost to your product plans. The process of rapid prototype development rests on an additive manufacturing approach as opposed to a subtractive approach that involves frequent rework. Essentially, what the rapid prototyping approach rests on is 3D printing technology. This technology, in turn, involves creating a product replica by adding layers of material. The process begins with creating a computer-aided design file, that is popularly known as a CAD file. The file, in turn, is converted into a. STL format which can be used for 3D printing and hence for rapid prototyping. As opposed to this method, if the subtractive method is used, it takes more time, is wasteful and is also replete with hazards as it exposes the operator to hazardous chemicals.
Some of the features of 3D printing is as below:
- Is quick
- Ability to work with different materials
- Low manufacturing cost
- Lends itself to green manufacturing
Here is how the rapid PCB prototyping process is revolutionizing PCB manufacturing:
Testing of the product
First up, it allows for in-depth validation of the product and ensures you do not have to contend with costly mistakes when the full production batch is starting in your face. Rapid prototyping allows you to detect any flaws early on and make necessary amends in time. That way your final product is far better whether you look at it in terms of functionality or aesthetics.
A major benefit of the technology is its cost-optimization. With 3D printers becoming far more affordable, its access isn’t just restricted to large businesses. In fact, rapid prototyping is a big boon for startups who are dealing with limited budgets and need to showcase a minimum viable product to potential investors. Also, with quick realization of your product concept, it also gives you the freedom to fail faster. You have the ability also to improve your product before it goes in for final production.
Acceleration of the Printed Circuit Board manufacturing process
While traditionally converting a concept into a finished product requires a lot of time and effort, with 3D printing, the process is significantly accelerated. It significantly cuts down the time required to create the prototype. For this reason, you can also make any changes in design easily. What it in essence does is to hasten the final manufacturing process.
To say, therefore, that the PCB manufacturing process has been revolutionized, therefore, isn’t an overstatement. Not only does it save time, importantly it prevents you from any rude shocks at a later time. With a prototype in hand, you can get a reliable validation of your product or insights into any changes required, as the case may be.
At Technotronix, we are equipped with state-of-the art technology to cater to your prototype requirement. Also importantly our team of experts can offer you great insight into industry best practices so that costly mistakes are avoided. The fact that we have over 40 years of experience in fabricating prototypes as well as full production runs, ensures that you can rely on our capabilities. With the ability to offer turnkey services, you can count on us for your requirements. The added advantage with us is that we are committed to quick turnaround times, which help you see results quickly. A wide range of clients, across industries, stand as a strong testimony to our success.