Startups have been a trend in most parts of the world for a couple of years now. These are small and medium enterprises that are put up to answer a specific need or want of consumers. They can range from technology for hardware and software, services, facilities and manufacturing. Most startups in the world are more services and manufacturing based but not many people realize that the hardware and software industry also comprises much percentage in this business.
Those applications we download, games, news applications, lifestyle applications are startups and they require a lot of technical work. How exactly do these startups, especially those involved in hardware function? Being called a “startup” means that the funding for your materials and services are lacking. Unless one gets a hefty investment, some who have all the knowledge and ideas but no funding makes them vulnerable against the competition. When one is involved with hardware startups, one important thing he or she can do is try to find a way to lessen cost by producing their own printed circuit boards.
Printed circuit board are thin boards usually made of metal, fiberglass and laminated materials. They function as the central nervous system of gadgets like desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones and tablets. Back in the day, when technology wasn’t as advanced like the present, these were made from real wires that would be connected to each other to conduct electricity to make the machine work. Nowadays, these are made of embedded copper wires, embedded because these at present can be made through a software installed in computers and they can be printed using 3d inkjet printers and they will already be able to function as if there were real wires.
The process of producing printed circuit board is a long and complicated process –
That is why only big electronic manufacturing industries can create so much because of the different facilities they have to create such a board. For startups, there are ways one can create without it too much hurting the pocket. Software companies have been able to create ways on how people can create their own printed circuit boards, because of this, a number of startups especially those who are dealing with hardware. This can lessen production cost by avoiding expensive and a long and tedious process of manufacturing. Hardware business owners may set up in their offices and even their homes to produce their own printed circuit boards and generate more income in the long run.
The rise of low-cost and hacker friendly is fuelling a new wave of hardware hobbyists –
The access to these materials has been made by so many different companies easier; therefore, the ordinary hardware hobbyist can create their own printed circuit boards that could fuel anything from a small light bulb to a super computer.
As startups rise, the big players in the printed circuit board game should not be forgotten since after they do have the power to produce in quantity. As a startup, one thing a hardware small business owner could do is partner with these companies and forge a deal wherein those printed circuit boards who are going to waste or have been neglected can be bought at a reduced price so that they can be reused again.
This not only becomes a sort of a corporate social responsibility to the big manufacturers, this lessens the waste emitted by the disposal process of these boards. What this partnership can do also provide more jobs to new electronics and engineers thus providing more hardware technology to the world. Learning how to create PCBs for startups dealing with hardware is essential. This lessens the cost for the business owners and can effectively raise competition within the printed circuit board industry.
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