Poll: Enterprises are Wanting to Execute Circuit Card Prototyping On-site

Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and makers, domestic electrical engineers, OEMs as well as others curious about 3D-printed PCB boards and circuits uncovers that there exists elevating desire for internal prototyping for research and product development. The enthusiasm is specially keen amongst companies that pay out as much or more than $100,000 each and every year for prototyping services.

Of the at least 975 respondents – which represent 31 industries and disciplines and 25 countries around the world – doing the survey executed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 % shell out as much as $50,000 and 14 percent pointed out they spend more money than $50,000 yearly on PCB board prototyping. In addition to that, a full 16 %, or 142 participants, are having to pay over $100,000 to contracted prototyping suppliers annually. Almost all respondents mentioned that the prototyping rates were huge because they need the manufacturing of advanced, multi-layer PCB boards – with 66 % of the people interviewed claiming their designs entail multiple layers.

While at least 9 in 10 respondents explained their companies rely upon off-site prototyping plants at present, approximately two in three pointed out they presume their intellectual property (IP) is threatened if they go for it. A lot claim they would love selections for printing their own circuit boards internally.

“Designers and technicians clearly require faster turn-around times and reduced danger every time mailing their design files for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer and a enterprise co-founder. “But with a lot of the production houses based in Asia, timeliness is never an option. The fact is, at times they end up with PCB boards for production which aren’t optimized as much as they would like caused by the long lead times. And dispatching designs invariably increases the likelihood which the IP might be imitated or taken.”

Even though the prototyping houses are well trusted partners, the time constraints relating to outsourcing can stifle ingenuity. A lot designers rely on “safe” PCB designs other than exploring new ideas lest they may lead to a couple of iterations – and raised delays – with the prototyping facility.

“With inventive alternatives for example Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics market can eventually catch up to other kinds of manufacturing that have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey proves the need is out there, and the market is ready for 3D-printed circuit cards that can be manufactured on-site instantly and cheaply.”

Nano Dimension, an innovator in the field of 3D printed electronics, hosts the questionnaire on its site. Participants represent industries which range from circuit card manufacturers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical-related, sensors and wearables, telecoms, energy and the others.

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