Prototyping Tools Product Roundup 

By AJ Born | March 12, 2024

This week’s Product Roundup highlights prototyping tools from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers.


Prototyping Tools

Amphenol Pcd’s Rapid Part Development (RPD)Amphenol Pcd’s Rapid Part Development (RPD) rapidly designs and deploys production-ready parts using 3D printing technology. RPD expedites part development by 86% at 1/10th the cost of standard part development cycles, providing production ready parts in 4-6 weeks.​​​​​​​ RPD uses additive-manufactured molds in the place of standard steel molds. The molds work exactly like standard steel molds, using the same manufacturing processes and equipment. Additive manufactured molds are typically ready for use in two weeks and allow for complex part features, with details as fine as .074 mm. Using standard materials, parts can be used immediately, either for qualification test or straight into production for already qualified designs. When higher volume, serial production parts are needed, parts built using steel molds to the same design and material parameters would simply require FAI style validation, without the need for costly and time-consuming re-qualification. Proven examples include tie-down strips, bonded bushings, rectangular clamps, and lightening hole bushings.

Crimping hand tools from Amphenol Communication SolutionsCrimping hand tools from Amphenol Communication Solutions are professionally designed for applications in the prototyping phase or for small production quantities. The hand tools have a mechanism which opens automatically after making the last advance of the ratchet with an ergonomic handle for an optimal grip.

Amphenol SV Microwave's conformable RF cable assembliesAmphenol SV Microwave’s conformable RF cable assemblies can be easily formed by hand and provide equal if not better electrical performance than standard semi-rigid or flexible cable. The braided outer shield of the standard flexible cable is replaced with a tin-plated outer braid that is durable, but flexible. Conformable or hand-formable cable assemblies are ideal when the cable bends must be determined during the installation of the assembly. Applications include prototyping, research & development, and military and aerospace.

Digi ConnectCore system-on-modules (SOMs) from AvnetDigi ConnectCore system-on-modules (SOMs) from Avnet are comprehensive platforms engineered to simplify the process of designing, prototyping, and deploying connected devices in diverse industries. These kits, crafted by Digi International, offer cutting-edge embedded technologies with a plethora of connectivity options. Powered by high-performance processors, they boast a versatile array of connectivity interfaces such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and more, facilitating seamless integration with networks and protocols. Equipped with a robust software stack, including operating systems like Linux or Android, along with middleware and development tools, these kits streamline the development journey for engineers and developers. Security features are embedded into their architecture, ensuring robust protection against cyber threats and unauthorized access. With scalability, flexibility, and comprehensive support services, the Digi ConnectCore Development Kits empower innovators to swiftly navigate the complexities of IoT development, accelerating the realization of tailored and reliable connected solutions.

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