Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are an integral part nearly every electronic device you see or use today. Though some may be small in size, they can be highly complex in design and packed with power. Creating your PCB design in-house allows for greater control over the project, but it comes with several drawbacks, particularly if you don’t already have someone with extensive knowledge of the design technologies and methods to implement complex product requirements.
Outsourcing your design ensures your project is handled by an expert, and there are many factors to consider, including:
- Initial Design Review & Integration
- Mechanical Definition
- Placement & Review
- Pre-Delivery Review
Three Reasons to Outsource
Here are three reasons to be confident in the decision to outsource your PCB hardware design:
- Easy Access to Experts/Specialists
Outsourcing your PCB design project to an expert quickly solves two problems: complexity and cost. It enables the convenience of a short-term, turnkey solution, as well as the technical expertise of a specialist. Meanwhile, you do not incur any of the overhead costs of equipment, software, and infrastructure to complete the job. A trusted design partner can provide the knowledge, experience, insight, and tools you need, all in one place.
- One-time Cost
Outsourcing your PCB hardware design also means your project is a one-time line item. There are no residual investments, no recurring expenses, and no hiring necessary. Best of all, if a project exceeds your expectations, you can reach out to that same outsourcing partner again and again, so you can continue taking on more PCB-based projects while still avoiding the commitment of recurring costs.
- Set Your Own Terms
When you outsource a PCB design, you get to determine the parameters of the project. Accommodating an in-house project requires sufficient space, resource planning and, inevitably, compromise. Partnering with an expert allows you to set the terms of your project with respect to timeline, facility availability, and any specific goals you have in mind. Plus, when you have peace of mind knowing your project is being handled by an expert on your terms, you can get back to focusing on the business activities you are best at.
Freedom CAD: A PCB Expert
Picking a well-established partner will not only ensure your next PCB project flows smoothly, but it can also provide continuity for future projects. At Freedom CAD, we specialize in engineering, hardware, and PCB consulting services.
Download our eBook, “The Guide to Insourcing vs Outsourcing PCB Design Engineering Projects,” to learn more about all of your PCB design options, and to find out if outsourcing is the right route for you.