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Printed circuit board designers and design engineers, now is the time to make your voices heard! Do you have a handy design technique that you utilize on almost every job? Did you discover a trick or two about your software that the rest of the design community might not be aware of? We want to hear these tips, and so do your design colleagues.
PCBDesign007 will soon launch Design Tips, an ongoing feature that will be driven solely by input from PCB designers and design engineers. All you have to do is send us your favorite design tips, tricks and techniques. This information can encompass any area of PCB design or design engineering: schematics, basic layout, placement, routing, materials, signal integrity, EMC, RF, hybrids, DFX, documentation, etc.
Your Design Tips entries should be short and sweet, no more than 100 words. Tool-specific tips are welcome, but keep them positive. We can’t publish any tips anonymously; each tip will be published with your name, title and the name of your company. If you absolutely cannot use your company name, we’ll need to have your city, state, or country if you’re located outside the U.S.
We’ll publish a new tip every few days, and readers will be able to see all of the previous tips as well. We see this as a continuing knowledge base of useful tips that other designers can use immediately. After all, most designers know how to design a PCB. It’s the little tricks that can help you save a few minutes here, and a few dollars there.
Now is your chance to share your knowledge with your colleagues, or just show off your great ideas. To submit your contribution to Design Tips, click here.
The PCB Design Magazine
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Despite all of the talk about the need for communication between designers and manufacturers, many PCB designers still do not talk with their manufacturers for a variety of reasons. Altium and MacroFab aim to change this dynamic. In this interview, Ted Pawela, chief ecosystem officer of Altium and head of Altium’s Nexar Business Unit, and MacroFab CEO Misha Govshteyn, discuss the new Altimade manufacturing service that Altium is introducing in partnership with MacroFab. Ted and Misha provide an overview of the Altimade process, how it links designers to fabricators, assembly providers, and component distributors, and they explain how it could pave the way for true design with manufacturing, or DWM.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
When we want to find out what challenges our readers are facing, we just ask. And they don’t mind sharing—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In a recent survey, we asked our PCB designer readers, “Why don’t you know who is going to manufacture your boards?” Here are some of more interesting replies we received, edited slightly for clarity. Do you see yourself in these replies?
Scott Miller, FreedomCAD Services
There is a new acronym bubbling up in the design world: DWM, which stands for “design with manufacturing.” Why is this different than design for manufacturing, or DFM? With DWM, the emphasis is on integration between the design team and the manufacturers during the design process. DWM is much more than that. We are tasked with producing designs that meet various technical requirements, yet are cost-effective and manufacturable. We provide this service to hundreds of customers who have varying degrees of processes, tools, and manufacturing partners. Given this diversity, we have recognized the importance of designing with manufacturing to achieve the product development goals of manufacturability and technical excellence.