PCBs are an integral part of many electronic devices and if there is inadequate performance after production it can be costly. Prototyping PCBs before production can help avoid this as the circuit board prototype can be tested to make sure it is working properly before moving on to a more complex design and eventually full quantity production. Prototype assembly and test gives you feedback on the strength of your circuit, PCB layout design and whether the design meets all the requirements for which it is intended e.g. functional, performance, physical requirements.
Using a PCB prototype service over a standard PCB manufacturing production run can save time, money and also produce a more superior product at the end. When a new PCB design is being developed it will go through a number of tests which need to happen quickly otherwise this could result in lost revenue. Engineers also use prototype PCBs to test single functions of a more complex product that contains multiple PCBs. If these test functions are not looked at individually and there is a performance issue later on, the engineer will not be able to easily identify which board is causing the problem. Finding this out could take time and resources that could have been saved by prototyping the individual functions. Prototyping is worth considering if the following conditions apply:
PCBs connect components through various related circuits and come in different variations allowing them to perform under a wide range of circumstances. Areas include:
RS Components PCB Prototyping area covers the following areas: