Why in-house PCB prototyping

The LPKF ProtoMat

PCBs on demand, right in your lab

Why in-house PCB prototyping?

Easy to use, efficient, reliable

LPKF's benchtop PCB prototyping systems provide the ideal in-house research and development solution for virtually any engineering environment. Every LPKF ProtoMat® is built to be the best of its class, with thousands of the individually calibrated systems installed world-wide. It's no surprise to hear LPKF customers explain that their ProtoMat® system is the most important tool in the R&D lab.

Prototyping with LPKF ProtoMat systems

LPKF Laser & Electronics' benchtop prototyping systems produce high-performance boards that match or exceed the quality of outsourced PCB prototypes. With an LPKF ProtoMat® PCB milling machine, prototype PCBs can be made and tested within a single day - without the use of hazardous and messy chemical etching tanks. Any problems with the initial design can be identified early, allowing for revisions 2 & 3 to be completed in the same day!



     "Thanks to our LPKF ProtoMat we took a project that should have taken 10 weeks and did it in only one week."

— Paul Clark from Honeywell C&K Systems

Protomat S104

Benefits

  • Reduce R&D time, and thus overall time-to-market
  • Keep designs confidential and in-house
  • Freedom to create and experiment quickly and inexpensively
  • Rework, adjust, trim and tune existing PCB's
  • Compatibility to any CAD program using standardized file formats
  • Mill, drill, and route - the ProtoMat® functions as a PCB router and circuit tracer
  • Convenience right in your own lab

Features and options

  • Automatic tool change - start your project and come back to a finished board
  • Fiducial positioning camera - automatic alignment and reload
  • Vacuum table - secures thin or wavy materials
  • Through-hole plating
  • Multilayer lamination
  • Auxiliary SMT assembly equipment (pick & place, stencil printer, and reflow oven)

What does it mean for me?

  • Students learn all steps from design to production
  • Faculty research projects
  • Expose students to tools used in the commercial industry
  • Save $$$
  • Numerous design revisions in just one day.
  • Trim and tune filters and antennas.
  • Create 2.5D aluminum RF housings.
  • Create custom shielding, or 3D scribe-and-fold structures.
  • Works on a variety of materials from FR4 to Teflon and unfired ceramics.
  • Use simulation software more effectively.
  • Keep sensitive design data safely in-house
  • Avoid the outsource procurement process
  • Works with analog, digital, RF and MW designs and substrates for sharring between various groups or departments
  • LPKF is a GSA Contractor!!!
  • Not just PCBs: create stencils, housings, faceplates and mechanical parts too.
  • Use for production of low-volume quantities.
  • Speed is your advantage when competing with the big-boys.
  • No more waiting for a prototype to be delivered - fabricate and test in your lab today.
  • Multiple applications allow for uses across multiple departments.
  • High-mix versatility whether you make one product or hundreds.
  • Easily scalable redundancy: multiple machines at various locations, all speaking the same language.
  • Quicker prototyping cycles means getting to market before the competition.
  • Have a completed prototype in the same time it takes to complete requisition paperwork for outsourcing.