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There is a saying in PCB design, “Copper is free.” It means a PCB designer must think in reverse. A board starts off as solid copper, and the copper you don’t want is removed. It is faster to build, less consumptive, and less expensive to make a board that is mostly copper as compared to the same size board that is mostly bare. Picking the correct technique will make the difference between an effortless or frustrating experience. Read on to find out how to do this!
In today’s PCB design process, you need to be able to integrate mechanical design workflows into an electrical design tool. Read on to learn how to easily create 3D component bodies in a footprint library.
Navigating and comparing options when selecting the right PCB software can be a daunting task. Luckily, Altium Designer provides all of the comprehensive tools to make your design scheme, however simple or complex, a smooth process from start to finish. Ensure that your design objectives are met, without breaking your budget on costly, extraneous software. Continue reading to learn more.
By making variations of a baseline product, the new products can address different markets and requirements. But how do you go about keeping all of your design variants synchronized?
A common disagreement between electrical engineers that I’ve run across is that it’s best practice to place a bypass capacitor “before the circuit” on the PCB. Some folks are such diehard followers of the “before the circuit” rule that they will even complicate the PCB design to accomplish this. I am a firm believer in the “less is more” principles of design, and value simplicity and elegance of design over these sort of rules. However, is there some truth to this obsession with bypass capacitor placement? Read on to find out!
Working through a legacy design can be intimidating, but board insight colors allow for a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the board in an easy-to-use format. Read on to learn more.