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All designers want stress-free, error-free, headache-free transition of design data to manufacturing. Discovering issues during manufacturing leads to production delays and additional expenses. Avoiding these costs can be fairly easy; simply analyze your designs before committing them to fabrication.
Relying on the design rule checking function of your PCB CAD system is a good start to finding manufacturing issues, but it's simply not enough. The DRC of most CAD systems is inadequate for analyzing a design against the many nuances of the fabrication process. They perform analysis to ensure the design will perform properly, but they overlook the critical need to analyze for manufacturing errors and issues.
On Tuesday, April 17, DownStream Technologies will be holding a webinar that can answer many PCB designers’ DFM questions. This DFMStream/CAM350 webinar will provide information that can help designers identify DFM issues before fabrication.
- 9 am EDT/6 am PDT/2 pm GMT/3 pm CEST
- 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT
To register, or for more information, click here.
Barry Matties, Publisher, I-Connect007
Simon Fried, president of Nano Dimension, discusses how the company has taken the additive manufacturing process to the next level through printed electronics. He also shares his thoughts on the growing demand for 3D circuits, as well as how this could potentially be a game-changer for PCB designers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making inroads into a variety of industries in the past decade or so, from automobiles to medical devices. Naturally, EDA tool companies are taking a look at AI. Does AI offer a way forward for PCB design tool developers? I recently interviewed Paul Musto, director of marketing for the Board Systems Division of Mentor. We discussed Mentor’s plans for integrating AI into EDA tools, and why we may be at the very beginning of understanding the pros and cons of this new technology.
Happy Holden, I-Connect007
I had the good fortune to speak at a seminar sponsored by the CPCA and organized by the China Team of I-Connect007 in Shanghai. This full-day seminar was on one of today’s hot topics, “Automation in PCB Manufacturing.”