PCBs (printed circuit boards) are an integral part of nearly every electronic product you see or use today. Even though some might be small in size, they can be highly intricate and packed with power. Designing your PCB in-house can often have several disadvantages, especially if you don't have an expert, experienced PCB designer on staff with extensive knowledge of various technologies and methodologies to implement increasingly complex product requirements.

Using an outside company with PCB design as its core competency ensures your project is handled by an expert, one whose sole job is to design complex PCBs. 

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Three Reasons to Outsource

Here are three things to consider when deciding whether or not to outsource your PCB design:

1. Easy Access to PCB Design Experts

Using an outside PCB design firm for your project addresses two common issues: complexity and cost. Outsourcing allows companies to convenience a short-term solution without taking on the overhead costs of software, equipment, and infrastructure. It also provides access to a team of trusted designers who can provide the expertise, experience, insight, and all the tools you need, all in one place. 911EDA has a team of designers so that we can take on multiple projects simultaneously, with a dedicated designer working on each.

2. Cost

Outsourcing PCB design also means your project is a one-time line item and cost. There are no residual investments, recurring expenses, and no hiring or management needed. This is especially important in California, where it is virtually impossible to hire an individual to work as an independent contractor for a relatively short time. The project's cost is provided upfront, so budgeting is simple and accurate. And rather than hiring internally when PCB design projects are not consistent, outsourcing allows you to use expert designers only when needed. 911EDA provides fixed price quotes, so you know exactly what the cost will be.

3. Set Your Own Terms

When a PCB design project is outsourced, the customer determines the scope of work and the project's parameters. Accommodating an in-house project requires space, resource planning, and often compromise. Partnering with an expert firm allows the customer to set the terms of the project, such as timeline, facility availability, and any specific goals. Also, using an outside expert enable the customer to focus on the business activities they are best at.

911EDA, Experts in PCB Design for over 20 years

911EDA has been providing PCB design for over 20 years. Our team of designers has extensive experience and knowledge in various technologies. All this team does is PCB design, and they know what they are doing! You can trust that your design will be done on time, using proper design techniques, and at a fair price.