Whether it is creating advanced electronics for automobiles or UAVs, manufacturers in a wide range of industries are turning to the practice of rapid PCB prototyping in their in-house labs to innovate and speed up a device's delivery to the market. Their engineering teams are iterating and innovating faster by having the flexibility to design and test circuit concepts and new material ideas with unprecedented freedom. In the process, they are also saving money by cutting outsourcing costs and time, reducing material waste, and uncovering invaluable design-for-manufacturability (DFM) challenges earlier on in the research and development (R&D) process.
This Tech Brief by LPKF USA provides a comparison between outsourcing PCB prototypes and in-sourcing them, while offering invaluable insight to PCB designers, engineering managers, and executives alike. It provides frank reasoning for catching up with forward-thinking competitors and industry allies who have already invested in in-house rapid PCB prototyping machines and are using them as instruments in their strategies to disrupt their markets. Links to other resources, such as a blog on preparing a business case for the capital equipment expenditure (CapEx), and a template and tables for starting your own CapEx proposal, are included. It's a must-read for anyone who wishes to suggest they're an “innovator” in their marketplace and has yet to truly achieve rapid PCB prototyping.
Learn more by downloading our tech brief: Nobody Gets Fired for Bringing PCB Prototyping In-house.