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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.
Kelly Dack, CID+, EPTAC
While I was teaching my CID class for EPTAC in Santa Clara, I learned that we were only a block away from Streamline Circuits. Streamline does a lot of military and aerospace work, as well as communications and industrial electronics. The company manufactures quite a bit of multilayer flex and rigid-flex circuits, in addition to rigid boards. This would make a great field trip for my CID class!
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Most Westerners know very little about Estonia. A former Soviet Bloc country, Estonia has come a long way since restoring its independence in 1991. Electronics companies are thriving in this tiny EU member country, and capital city Tallinn has been called “Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea.” During productronica, I met with Arno Kolk, general manager of the Estonian Electronics Industries Association, and we discussed the explosion of new technology in this “Baltic Tiger” country?
Barry Matties, Publisher, I-Connect007
As a field application engineer for TTM, Julie Ellis sees the problems that can occur between circuit board designers and manufacturers. Barry Matties spoke with Julie at the AltiumLive event in Munich about the age-old problem of throwing designs “over the wall,” the trend towards HDI, and what advice she would give new designers.