Fast prototyping, creating test setups and developing custom enclosures: a 3D printer is indispensable in these processes. Embed gratefully uses a 3D printer during developments.
Embed creates products and prototypes for customers. For Embed it is important to test these prototypes well, so they comply with the customers’ wishes. In order to test the prototypes, the manufacturer needs test setups. An example of a test setup is a moving device to calibrate and test sensors. Embed can buy or build these setups. In the past Embed had to order the components of the test setups, or Embed had to buy ready-made test equipment. Ordering slows down the process and ready-made test setups do not always comply with all requirements to be met by a custom product. The 3D printer on the other hand, allows Embed to quickly make test configurations. No makeshift solutions, but robust mechanics which Embed assembles info full test setups.
Embed places enclosures round the PCBs that Embed develops. These enclosures are either ready made, or custom. By using a 3D printer, Embed can quickly print a prototype enclosure. Also when customers choose for a ready made enclosure, sometimes an extra part is needed. For example to attach the PCB to the enclosure. In the past Embed could design these custom parts, but it took a long time before Embed received the parts from the suppliers. Now Embed can print the design really fast; within minutes. This speeds up Embeds development process.
For both PCB design, 3D printing and enclosure design, Embed uses CAD tools. Embed benefits from the fact that the PCBs which Embed designs, can be important into CAD tools for enclosure design. Hereby Embed knows exactly whether the PCB fits in the custom enclosure. Before Embed starts buying PCBs and builds in anything, Embed sees if everything fits, if parts are not operably in the way and if the customers’ wishes can be met with the created design.