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The $80bn PCB market demands customization

The $80bn PCB market demands customization
02/02/2016

The $80bn PCB market sees demand to produce more customized circuit boards. Driven by the array of choices of consumer electronics devices, more fashion items being sold for short periods of time until being a new upgrade is released, is applying increasing strain to produce more customized circuit boards more quickly.

Historically PCBs are not made by printing, but rather etching but market demand and new technology of printers that can now print conductive ink is creating big changes on the horizon. This new approach comes with a great added benefit, typically the process following your new design is prototyping and is normally done in the Far East and then shipping the pcb prototype to the product developer. This adds significant time to a hungry consumer market, but can add risks to the intellectual property with many open stages where designs can be copied and commoditized to hit the market very soon after the originals product launch.

Though the technology is still fairly new with development of nanoparticle inks helping to fill the performance gaps compared to etched circuits, the opportunity is driving progression rapidly.

For further information you can buy the market research report covering the evolution of 3D printed electronics at IDTechEX

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