A 3D printed circuit board (PCB) is a circuit board printed with a 3D printer. With its circuits printed on the surface of the bare board, its manufacturing eliminates the need for traditional etching of copper tracks on the substrate.
The advancement in technology has pushed the limits of electronic devices. Product designs for these devices are getting smaller in size and scale, while getting bigger in performance capacity to increase mobility and convenience. This inturn has impacted the PCB industry whose products are integral to the functionality of electronic devices.
This article will present the 5 unique benefits of a 3D printed circuit board, the latest innovation in the PCB industry engendered by the advancement of the electronic device industry
Greater Design Flexibility
3D PCBs offer greater design flexibility than other types of circuit boards. With the capability of a 3D printer to print complex shapes and designs, a manufacturer has innumerable design options for a PCB with 3D design. This gives 3D PCBs the advantage of having the versatility to have a flexible design form as required to fit into any type of circuit carrier, while retaining their vital electrical components and functions. In other words, their size and shape can be altered in accordance with the design of the electronic device using it.
In addition, 3D printers can produce both single sided and double sided PCBs, and also be used on a flex PCB. And while it is a little complicated to print a multilayer board with a 3D printer, it can be achieved with the use of PCB design software.
Short Design-to-Production Time
The design-to-production time of a printed circuit board with a 3D print is significantly less compared to traditional PCBs. A 3D printer prints a design at a much faster rate than a PCB manufacturer can manually etech out a printed circuit board to create a prototype. The disparity in speed gives 3D PCBs a much higher production rate and capacity. This is a huge benefit for PCB manufacturing companies as it not only make it easier to handle orders, but increase their capacity to handle orders for increased income.
Less Product Waste
The production of traditional printed circuit boards involves the use of excess amounts of materials, and its partial dependence on manual processes makes it prone to human error. On the other hand, circuit boards with 3d models are a better choice for PCB manufacturing as they minimize errors and generate less waste material than the conventional manufacturing methods. Manufacturing 3D printed circuit boards using a 3D printing process minimizes product waste considerably.
The printing process of a 3D printer is incredibly refined and uses only a necessary amount of gel or conductive material. In addition, using a computerized printing process eliminates any human error further reducing waste. Minimizing production waste allows a PSB manufacturing company to save substantial cost of materials and remain compliant with regulations.
As the performance capacity of electronic devices increases and their designs become more complex, the demand for 3D PCBs grows. Their versatility, complexity, and increased availability have made them the preferred choice in various electronic devices.
If you’re looking for a PCB manufacturer who can supply high-quality 3D PCB to your business, Pulsar Circuits is one of the leading PCB companies in Canada and the United States. Contact us to know how we can help you with your 3D PCB supply needs.