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A Show Within a Show
The specials on the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO 2023 show’s menu are mouthwatering for PCB designers. With more content than ever targeted at your demographic, it’s becoming a show within a show. Order up!
PCB designers will find more design curriculum than ever at this show being held next month for the last time in the foreseeable future in San Diego, Calif. Between the Professional Development Courses and Technical Conference, we counted 15 different classes that focus on PCB design or design-related topics.
There’s certainly a thirst for knowledge among PCB designers. Every year, more of the “silverback” senior designers retire to the pickleball courts (seriously, pickleball?), taking with them decades of design knowledge and experience. All of which means that there’s a premium on solid PCB design education.
So, for this month's magazine, we asked IPC’s show staff and Professional Development instructors to discuss their design content, as well as some of the reasons why PCB designers should consider adding this show to their continuing education schedule.
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Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
We’re in the middle of show season, and it certainly “shows.” Thank you very much. I’m here all week. Don’t forget to tip your wait staff. This week, we published a variety of articles, columns, and news items, and much of it centered on trade shows. Technical Editor Dan Feinberg brings us a report from CES 2023. IPC announced the winners of the Best Technical Paper awards for IPC APEX EXPO 2023. And we have an interview with Altium’s Rea Callender about the company’s educational efforts at APEX and around the globe.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Altium keeps its eyes on the designers of the future. The company has been working with colleges and universities for years, providing free seats of Altium Designer for the next generation of PCB designers and design engineers. At IPC APEX EXPO 2023, Altium will be providing software for the finalists in the IPC Design Competition just as it did last year. They offer a variety of other educational programs as well, including Upverter classes and a design competition that aims to address environmental change. Here, Rea Callender, Altium’s VP of education, discusses its educational programs and plans for the week of the show.
Patrick Crawford, IPC
Last year, IPC held its first-ever design competition at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. PCB designers from around the world competed in a series of heats during the months before the show, culminating in a showdown on the show floor between the top three finalists. Rafal Przeslawski, now with AMD, took home the top prize last year. This year, the competition is back for its sophomore year. I asked Patrick Crawford, manager of design standards and related programs for IPC, to “layout” the details on the design contest, including lessons learned in 2022 and what’s new for the 2023 competition.