Competency Group: Electrical Engineering
Type: Hardware Manufacture Tools
Description: Industrial printed circuit board manufacturing is an almost entirely automated process where copper coated board is etched to meet the design criteria. From this process — huge quantities of the same design can be manufactured. Basically send your designs for a price to the PCB manufacturers and agree on a price per unit.
Citation for Description: Described by authors
Units: Hardware for the final boards
Advantages: Once design is finalized — the relative cost per board is significantly reduced dependent upon quantity required.
Limitations: Not worth considering until final design. Many manufacturers produce inferior quality products, careful considerations needed.
Regulations: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (2001). UL Standard for Safety for Printed-Wiring Boards, UL 796. Retrieved from http://bbs.dianyuan.com/bbs/u/33/1125991649.pdf
Target Audience: Engineering
Relevant to Universal Design: No
Stages and Steps: 7.1
Purchase Resource: ACDI. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.acdi.com/index.php?page=home