Printed Circuit Board Printers
The demand for electronic prototypes has soared as startups and established companies are once again rushed to meet demands for new innovation. The traditional process involves outsourcing PCB prototyping to suppliers. But with the advent of PCB printers, companies can build their own prototypes.
PCB printers produce printed circuit boards from scratch with dielectric and conductive inks, some of them can also be applied for solder paste and component placement. This makes them ideal for a one-stop prototyping solution for your own facility.
PCB printers are available in various sizes and cost. The functions of various printers are also different. High-precision printers with a minimum feature size of 25um can cost up to $100,000, while lower-specification model cost less than $5,000.
An important thing to note is that printed circuit board printers are not used to replace PCB manufacturing and assemble machines because the latter is superior in terms of cost and speed in mass production. However, if your business is heavily invested in product development and needs short prototyping cycles, a PCB printer may be the right choice.
Before deciding to invest which kind of PCB printer, there are a few questions to consider. The first is the level of support provided by the supplier. After all, this involves moving mechanisms that may need to be replaced over time. You also need to consider the ease of use, especially with the software provided. The last thing you want is to have a PCB printer that will always run.