As the world is being modernized with each passing day, men and women are becoming more dependent on electronic goods and products. The basic evolution of mankind became way more easier and quicker with the discovery of electronic goods. Electronic goods eases every task of the humans, for example the old school method of drying and pickling is no more into use after the invention of refrigerator, a device which deep freezes food products and other raw food items and preserves it for several days. Which these electronic goods did make several things easy, but the making of these products took a lot of time and effort. With the onset of 3D printing several electronic goodies and electronic parts could be made way more effectively, with a wide variety of materials and in a brief period of time. This blog would take you to the timeline of how an electronic product is made with the usage of 3D printing and what are the distinct steps involved in this process-
Designing of electronic goods and gadgets-
- PCB design and why is it important
In order to understand how to design an electronic component, one must have clear concept regarding a PCB design, a PCB design is a 2D format of designing but holds a lot of importance in the foundation of a new device.
- MCAD program and it’s uses
Though PCB is a crucial tool but in 2D designing some intricacies are missed out which provides room to MCAD program, proper material are needed for creating the 3D electronic models and once the 3D model is created it is uploaded into a MCAD software. The layout of the design begins in a 2D mode but then shifts into a 3D mode after the addition of certain important components by using a PCB design software or a MCAD software. Before one starts to route their boards they must initially arrange the components.
- Component measurements and clearances
Bulky products or products with curved enclosures require mechanical clearances and these clearances needs to be checked in the 3D format. Working in a 3D format helps to determine whether the components will collide or not, it also helps to identify and measure clearances which cannot be done in a 2D setup. High voltage boards are another example of devices that carry strict component-to-component and component-to-conductor clearances in order to prevent ESD.
- Embedded sensors and embedded designing-
In 3D printing embedded sensors provide room for one-way and two-way communication with devices and appliances. For the industries which requires remote monitoring, these sensors are extremely useful for making digital appliances. The industries which requires heavy monitoring and engineering these sensors helps in recording machine capabilities. The embedded sensors when used in 3D printing creates an amalgamation of smart engineering and product management, as these sensors are useful in monitoring pressure, temperature, and heat flux in the fuel systems of rockets, can be used in making digital appliances and makes the designs a lot more smart and modernized.
Prototyping of electronic goods and gadgets
Prototyping of electronic parts has two steps involved so in order to understand the prototyping of electronic products we need to study each and every step individually-
- PCB Prototyping
This process is a pretty lengthy process as it involves several sub-processes. from design conception, circuit layout up to the PCB integration this process requires the involvement of the third party which is the PCB manufacturer. After creating the PCB design one needs to gather the electronic components and topology for making the product. After the design is drafted the electronics engineer makes the circuit design before laying it on the circuit board. Once the design is done the manufacturer takes few days or weeks to deliver the prototype. After making the desired alterations and changes the manufacturer proceeds in making the final prototype.
- Product Prototyping (Exterior Design)
This step focuses on the exterior design of the product and in this step the electronic schematics are done. This step ensures that all necessary alterations are made and the product becomes a desirable piece of the market. Depending on the budget that the company decides for the project, it is determined whether the product will be a 3D model prototype or an actual product prototype of injection molding. This step is certainly technical and holds a lot of significance as the primary making of the electronic product is done in this step.
Designing, prototyping and production of electronic goods and gadgets is an elongated, distinct and constructive process. Production of electronic goods with the help of 3D industries has helped several companies all over the globe, as the choice of raw materials, the drafting of the design for making the prototype and production of the final product becomes way more effective when done using 3D printing.
How can MELT help you in this aspect ?
When it comes to making customized products with specific raw materials and maintaining other protocols, MELT is one of the best option to opt for, which caters to the complete need of electronic schematic, design, prototyping, manufacturing and assembly. Starting from low volume to large volume production we manage everything based on the requirement.
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