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Nine Dot Connects has developed a three-day training class called “PCB Fundamentals” in an effort to bring to light the entire PCB process, from specification to and including manufacturing. It was developed so that anyone (designers, engineers, technicians, program managers, purchasing agents, etc.) who has anything to do with the PCB design process can participate and understand it.
The class is taught by instructors who have design experience. The exercises on each of the topics are thought provoking, designed to facilitate dialog in the class. This exchange of ideas and thoughts makes the class valuable to both the new designer and those have experience. This is not a design class and no EDA tool knowledge is required. It is focused on real best practices for make the PCB design experience efficient and fruitful. To find out more about this class, what it has to offer, or to register, please visit them here.
Ralf Bruening, Zuken
Using powerful constraint techniques can be a double-edged sword. While the design process is made much safer by including constraints, it is all too easy to over-constrain the design and make it impossible to complete routing and placement. Even paper design guidelines can make products uneconomic to produce unless a great deal of engineering knowledge is applied during the design.
Craig Armenti, Mentor
Schematic verification is a part of the hardware engineer’s responsibility just as PCB layout verification is an accepted part of the PCB designer’s responsibility. However, with today’s circuit designs becoming more and more complex, time-consuming manual schematic verification is no longer an option. Manual verification of a complex circuit introduces significant risk by not identifying schematic design errors that are, in turn, passed to the downstream processes and ultimately to the fabricated board.
Barry Matties, Publisher, I-Connect007
SICK AG is a global manufacturer of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications, with headquarters located in Waldkirch, Germany. After a demo of Nano Dimension’s new 3D printing machine at productronica, Barry Matties met with SICK’s Danny Wernet to discuss its pros and cons and get his overall impression of the technology. Are 3D prototypes really as simple as feeding in a Gerber file and pushing a button?