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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.
Paul Taubman, Nine Dot Connects
In order to understand the current climate, we have to look at the division of labor that took place in electronic design about 40 years ago. The labor was divided into two processes, with the first being the design itself. This process was (and still is) owned by the electrical engineers. Though circuit design has changed, the methods for representing the circuit have not. Paul Taubman of Nine Dot Connects explains.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Cadence Allegro Pulse is the PCB industry’s first solution to enable extended team collaboration by providing near-real-time insights into the complexities of the electronic design process. Allegro Pulse connects management, engineering, procurement and other business stakeholders to up-to-date work-in-progress design data in a single, unified web-based platform.
Andy Shaughnessy, PCB Design007
Bay Area Circuits is on a quest to help PCB designers and design engineers. For the past few years, the company has been holding facility tours and open house events to help designers understand more about the fabrication process. Now, Bay Area Circuits has upgraded its free design tool, InstantDFM.com, which allows customers and non-customers alike to check manufacturability and request pricing of their jobs. At PCB West, Andy Shaughnessy spoke with President Stephen Garcia and COO Brian Paper about the new tool update, and some of the other services they offer for PCB designers.