Advancement in technology and computerization paved way to convenience in mass production of PCB/s worldwide. Prototyping is a modern system used for cost effective manufacturing of PCB boards, primarily a main electronic component.
Being aggressively introduced to companies, prototyping machines are not ordinary commodity like a photocopy machine, which users can use at once with ease. PCB machines need careful study and training before it can take off for efficient use. As a modern, priced item and investment, it takes a lot of experience to judge the equipment before acquiring one.
The basics of PCB Prototyping
BENEFITS – If a business involves mass production, the first process is making master copies for checking before it can be carried over to the next step of producing millions. With PCB milling system, the tedious traditional process is lessened because of the speed of creating and testing is guaranteed.
CHEMICAL FREE – compared to chemical etching, PCB milling is cleanly done by subtractive method without involving the use of chemicals. Circuit boards are cut through to remove the copper portions. The speed in accomplishing the task is controlled by the user with great accuracy.
COMPACT – Imagine one machine handling the multiple complex tasks of milling, drilling, routing, and other special processes, where task are all done by prototyping machine to make PCB boards. The only additional item required for operating the equipment is backing it up with industrial vacuum cleaner for maintenance purposes. The compactness can be achieved in the setup process, which is also a part of training required in handling prototyping machines.
MECHANISM – PCB prototyping is a precision-controlled device that is highly mechanical in make. It involves drive systems fully manipulated by engineered assembly. Once put up, everything depends on the user and the integration of software coordinating the movement of the heads in its coordinates (x, y and z). It is computerized making repetitive process free of errors.
SAFE – designed for high sophistication with the use of small bits for routing, it has been customized for rigidity of application. However, for safety reasons, user is required to wear protection glasses for the eyes. Minute dusts emitted are required to be vacuumed off all the time.
Years of experience will be enough to efficiently use PCB prototyping machines. It made manufacturing safe, easy, productive and rewarding in general. It is best to get upgraded in technology especially with use of computerized equipments.