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FlashPCB Awarded $1M National Science Foundation Grant

Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant awarded to develop AI powered PCB quoting and manufacturing tools

Apr 25, 2024
Philadelphia, PA

National Science Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that FlashPCB was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for $1M. This grant will fund further development of the AI algorithms behind the FlashPCB service, eliminating more of the slow and costly manual steps in the assembled board quoting and manufacturing process. This work will build upon our successful Phase I project and will significantly move the state of the art forward for PCB Assembly.

"We are very excited to keep building the FlashPCB service," says FlashPCB CEO and co-founder Thomas Castner. "We envision a service where engineers can upload PCB CAD files and instantly receive a quote with a reliable sub-week delivery timeline. We will use this investment from the NSF to build on the work from our Phase I and continue to enhance our AI-powered PCB quoting and manufacturing tools."

Our goal at FlashPCB is to develop the fastest, most reliable and easy to use PCB assembly service by automating the manual steps in the quoting and manufacturing process. We want to provide instant feedback to engineers on the manufacturability of their boards and prevent time consuming unexpected delays in the manufacturing process. This grant will allow us to grow our team and develop the PCB assembly service we dream of.

About the NSF’s Small Business Programs

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $2 million to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $9 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

For more information, visit seedfund.nsf.gov.

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