Product research and development requires a test fixture environment to support critical architecture studies, feasibility testing, data acquisition and process and materials experimentation. This presentation explores a new concept in test fixture development, the standardized breadboard, and the essential corresponding architectural considerations. The standardized breadboard is a development platform with the mechanical, electrical and software infrastructure to support strategic experiments. Its very standardization requires a flexible infrastructure to make it a reusable test fixture. Supplementary specialized components, hardware and instruments expand the platform's usability and the scope of tests developers can perform.This is accomplished by designing the breadboard so that components and hardware can be installed and removed to support the test being performed. By repopulating the breadboard with new hardware and loading the new software script required for the experiment, product development time is spent on developing products instead of test fixtures.This reduction of time allocated to build new fixtures from “scratch” increases the time developers allocate to the strategic aspects of their program. Additionally, the breadboard's reusability would extend the life of test equipment, reducing costs. Most importantly, the familiarity gained by engineers, scientists and technicians in using a standardized breadboard would provide efficiencies in time and resources required to set-up, conduct, and conclude experiments.
Gary Swager, "A Universal Test Fixture Concept: The Standardized Breadboard" in Proc. IS&T Int'l Conf. on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP15), 1999, pp 224 - 226, https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2169-4451.1999.15.1.art00058_1