Manufacturing Improvement

  • What are the different types of solder?

    What are the different types of solder?

    Solder on a PCB can be thought of as connective tissue. It serves as the conductive glue that sticks components to substrate and brings continuity to the circuit board.

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  • Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout

    Understanding DFM and Its Role in PCB Layout

    DFM, DRC, DFF, DFA, DFwhat? All terms we hear used daily in the PCB design world regarding manufacturing analysis and often used interchangeably.

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  • DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem

    Connect with the world's leading manufacturers to easily request and implement custom manufacturability rules

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  • DRC Browser

    DRC Browser

    Double check your DFM rules before signoff with a forced batch check of all rules for your whole design. If you do find something awry, it’s easy to locate and fix in your design.

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  • Real-Time DFF Rules

    Real-Time DFF Rules

    Check for common copper and component spacing issues that could potentially derail manufacturing and cause a respin.

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  • DFM Rules Wizard

    DFM Rules Wizard

    Easily create and assign constraints for manufacturing based on IPC standards and common PCB rules.

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  • Real-Time Design for Manufacturability

    Real-Time Design for Manufacturability

    Post-design DFM checks are too late. Even if you’re able to find a mistake, you’re going to lose hours, days, even weeks adjusting your design.

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  • Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    Notes From the Board Room - On Dimensions

    The easiest method is called datum dimensioning where all you do is establish the center of the universe at some point and call it zero-zero. Extension lines...

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  • What Is PCB Panelization and Why Is It Important?

    What Is PCB Panelization and Why Is It Important?

    So you’ve just sketched up the perfect PCB design. You carefully laid out your components and traces to allow for optimal EMI/EMC and thermal considerations. You even made sure your board fits.

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  • Real World (Unexpected) Examples of a Multi-Board PCB System

    Real World (Unexpected) Examples of a Multi-Board PCB System

    What do reusable rockets, self-driving cars, and the blockchain have in common? Besides breaching major milestones in the last 3-5 years, they are all stellar examples of how advancements...

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  • Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Making the Little Things Count on Your PCB Design

    Even as everything related to electronics shrinks in size, a few small areas that we have been able to ignore so far remain. Along with the physical reduction, we also encounter reductions in our...

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  • Time to go to the Library

    Time to go to the Library

    The PCB can be no better than the underlying footprints and symbols. A lot of boards end up as scrap or are only partially useful due to improper footprints. Extra design cycles to fix these preventab

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  • Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    Notes from the Board Room - On Concurrent PCB Design

    You can't finish the board before the schematic, but you want it done pretty much right away, before marketing changes their minds again!

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  • How To: HDMI

    How To: HDMI

    High Definition Media Interface is a beautiful thing. Back when 1080P meant something, the HDMI spec entered the scene as an upgrade on the legacy trio or quintet of RCA cables. The number of...

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  • Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Who Needs a Schedule Anyway?

    Right? At the end of a long line of processes, why is it that we're always responsible for the date and why is it always a panic-driven week at the end? To begin with, we've got a team of...

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  • The Shapes of Things to Come

    The Shapes of Things to Come

    Once upon a time, the power would have an entire layer devoted to a single voltage domain. That would be the whole solution to making everything turn on. The definition of "everything" has changed...

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  • Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Anywhere but here – Getting the Traces Away from the core

    Somewhere along the way, electronics changed. Of course, technology is continuously evolving with incremental improvements. Once in a while, there is a game-changer advancement that opens new...

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  • Manufacturing Matters

    Manufacturing Matters

    No two board designs are the same. We could run a thought experiment. Given a token complexity level of a generic board that mixes a bit of digital with a slice of analog, every PCB designer would...

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  • 3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive

    3D Printing’s Impact in the Real World: Medicine, Food Production, and Automotive

    Though 3D printing technology was introduced more than three decades ago, it’s only recently gained traction with a wider market. 3D printers were one of Amazon’s most popular holiday gifts for...

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  • First Time Right Design of Low-Cost Boards with OrCAD Design Tools

    First Time Right Design of Low-Cost Boards with OrCAD Design Tools

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