- Posted by Mario Rueda Aguilocho
- On March 31, 2022
What does the prototyping service cover?
Prototype build is a very important phase during the design process. It consists of building one or several samples of the design we have just finished.
The prototypes are used by the Design engineers to prove and test the functions and components calculated and designed during the design process. It is where the concept goes from theory to reality.
The engineer will be able to measure and adjust the functionality of the design if needed.
For low complexity design prototypes, you may not need a complete assembly process but just a good technician with good soldering skills plus very nice and clear instructions to assemble the Bill of Material components on the PCB.
The PCB could also be done by our own means, but it is always better to use a PCB prototyping service reasonably for the lowest complexity designs. The cost will be mostly related to the complexity of the technology used for the PCB and to the timing required, the soonest you want to have it, the higher the price will be.
For mid and high-complexity designs, it is always recommended to use an electronics assembly supplier. There are many of them who will be able to assemble your protos with good quality, which is always important for a prototype (the last thing we want is to mix assembly issues with design issues, which are the ones we want to debug with the prototypes)
ALTER provides Prototyping Service
Quality is essential, as well as timing to deliver the prototypes.
In Alter, we can supply the prototypes to our design team so that the validation of the functionality can be done without delays. We can produce low complexity prototypes in our prototype line equipped with a small pick and place, SMD reflow oven, and soldering equipment. We also have agreements with different EMS suppliers to provide process quality prototypes quickly.
Our purchasing department will be able to find any component it is required to be assembled. On top of this, we have a complete set of different instrumentation to measure all required variables to ensure the prototypes fulfill the requested specifications.