Bringing Rapid Prototyping In-House

A major for electronics manufacturers revolve around whether a function should be performed by an outside contractor or kept in-house. For many companies in the RF & Microwave industry, this decision is often concerned with continuing to employ an outside PCB fabricator or to make a $10,000 or $100,000 investment in an in-house, rapid PCB machine that may represent a key competitive advantage. This white paper reviews two different ways to build prototype RF/microwave PCBs: through an outside PCB fabrication company and by investing in an in-house PCB milling machine.