Market research: Corporations are Attempting to Conduct PCB Board Prototyping From Within

Polling of printed circuit board (PCB) designers and producers, domestic electrical engineers, OEMs and other people keen on 3D-printed PCBs and circuits unveils that there’s boosting desire for internal prototyping for study and product development. The passion is principally keen among the companies which shell out at least as much as $100,000 on a yearly basis for prototyping support.

Of the upwards of 975 participants – standing for 31 industries and disciplines and 25 nations – taking part in the survey directed by Nano Dimension Ltd., 70 % invest roughly $50,000 and 14 percent stated they spend more than $50,000 every year on circuit board prototyping. At the same time, a full 16 %, or 142 answerers, are forking over in excess of $100,000 to outsourcing prototyping suppliers each and every year. The vast majority of answerers mentioned that the prototyping service fees were huge basically because they need the manufacture of complicated, multi-layer PCB boards – with 66 percent of the people surveyed mentioning their designs incorporate multiple layers.


While upwards of 9 in 10 answerers mentioned their companies depend upon off-site prototyping facilities presently, approximately 2 in three stated they feel their intellectual property (IP) is susceptible when they do it. Many suggest they expect ways for producing their own circuit boards internally.

“Designers and technical engineers plainly need speedier turn-around times and decreased threat each time mailing their design docs for prototyping,” said Simon Fried, Nano Dimension’s CBO and a company co-founder. “But with a lot of the producing houses situated in China, timeliness isn’t an option. In reality, usually they end up with PCBs for production which are not improved as much as they desire as a consequence of the long lead times. And sending designs generally goes up the chances which the IP could be duplicated or stolen.”

Despite the fact that the prototyping houses are really known partners, the time constraints regarding outsourcing can stifle innovation. A great many designers rely on “safe” circuit board designs other than exploring innovative new ideas lest they may bring about a couple of iterations – and raised delays – with the prototyping factory.

“With inventive choices for instance Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, the electronics can eventually catch up to other types of manufacturing which have benefited from additive manufacturing,” Fried said. “Our survey proves the drive is out there, and the market is all set for 3D-printed PCB boards that can be manufactured on-site soon and cheaply.”

Nano Dimension, a leader in 3D printed electronics, sponsors the research on its web-site. Contributors stand for industries which range from electronic circuit board makers and OEMs to engineering, defense, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, medical-related, sensors and wearables, telecoms, energy and more.