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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 tractio...
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10 Common Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Issues and How to Solve Them
Every day is a busy day for PCB Designers; strict schedules and tight deadlines are a normal occurrence. From layout to manufacture and testing, a single holdup can cost a business untold amounts...
Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch
There’s nothing quite like the smell of hot solder on a Sunday afternoon, tinkering in your basement as you bring a new electronic concept to life. PCBs are the foundation of modern electronics.
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.
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.
DesignTrue DFM Ecosystem
Connect with the world's leading manufacturers to easily request and implement custom manufacturability rules
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.
Real-Time DFF Rules
Check for common copper and component spacing issues that could potentially derail manufacturing and cause a respin.
DFM Rules Wizard
Easily create and assign constraints for manufacturing based on IPC standards and common PCB rules.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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
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!
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...
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...
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...
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...