The worldwide market for PCBs was nearly $60 billion in 2012, according to IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2012. With such a large market, it can be tempting to rush to production to stark making revenue. The temptation to skip making prototype circuit boards, may be even greater when the PCB is only a part of a larger product. After all, you can’t sell your product until you have the printed circuit boards to make it operate.
This can be a risky strategy, however. Prototype circuit boards are a necessary and important step in the PCB fabrication process. Without prototype circuit boards, you may not identify problems with your PCB during the design process. Rather than risk incurring the cost of a major production run onl