The team at Gerber Labs consistently works with industry and community publications to provide thought leadership and expertise on different topics.
Below is one of the articles that the team published!
Why D2C PCB Ordering is the Future for Electrical Engineers
Direct to consumer printed circuit boards, often referred to as D2C PCB, is a relatively new industry that has revolutionized the way people build and design electronics. Since there is no middle man or high cost barrier to entry, more people than ever before are designing printed circuit boards at affordable prices. This is exciting news for electrical engineers, who are now able to design and manufacture professionally printed circuit boards, customized for their specific project, or for a client, quickly and easily.
No More Middle Man
In the past, you had to go to a printed circuit board broker in order to get in touch with PCB manufacturers. Brokers charged a fee in order to place your order and receive it from overseas manufacturers. They became necessary largely because of language barriers between their clients and the overseas factories that were producing the bulk of printed circuit boards. As companies began to favor overseas factories due to decreased regulations and lower prices, the need for printed circuit board brokers increased. Today, that is no longer the case, thanks to direct to consumer printed circuit board ordering.
Electrical engineers are going to be seeing many job openings and other opportunities related to direct to consumer printed circuit board ordering in the future. Printed circuit boards are already used in nearly every mass-produced electronic device, but with the additional accessibility provided by the direct to consumer model, electrical engineers will see an increase in demand for their already desired skill sets. How you take advantage of the growing industry of direct to consumer printed circuit boards is up to you. The opportunities, like the possibilities of D2C PCBs, are endless!