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                              3D Printer
                              It’s no surprise that you hate waiting for prototypes. In the time it takes for the test board to arrive you could probably invent a new method for fabricating prototypes. Lucky for you, someone already came up with a new method. New 3D printers use nanoparticle technology to suspend metals in ink (I don’t know how this works, so don’t ask) in order to print conductive layers. Just like a normal 3D printer, they can also print layers of plastic or other materials to form a substrate. 3D printing can streamline the design process, build functional prototypes, and optimize designs. All for less money.
                              Flexible circuit on PCB
                              The Internet of Things is a new category of exciting gadgets and appliances transforming the consumer market. However, developing that smartwatch isn’t as easy as putting it on. PCB designers are encountering unique challenges when developing powerful hardware solutions for these products. These PCB’s have to pack performance into a small space while preserving reliability and product budget. Thankfully, recent improvements to an oft-overlooked category of PCB’s have turned the tables on that challenge. Flexible PCB’s have emerged as the best strategy for designers on Internet-of-Things projects.
                              Round dial thermostat
                              By CircuitStudio, Apr 07, 2017
                              For the longest time, the humdrum thermostat was ignored by startups and hardware designers. Contemporary examples were lacking in features: read the thermometer, set the temperature. Nest, founded in 2011, set out to create a disruptive thermostat that turned this concept on its head. By taking advantage of cheaper, higher performing PCB technology that can fit into smaller spaces, Nest was able to introduce a “smart” thermostat, one that can anticipate your heating and cooling choices. However, only through efficient design and application of new PCB technologies Nest was able to create a successful entrant in the “smart home” space. Read on to find out they did it.
                              Engineers literally working on a PCB
                              By CircuitStudio, Mar 24, 2017
                              The innovation that most clearly signals the potential of the smartwatch is the LG Watch Sport’s ability to make phone calls and receive data without needing to be near enough to an anchor smartphone to connect. This turns the question “why would I need a smartwatch when I have a smartphone?” on its head. How about: “why would I need a smartphone when I have a smartwatch?” Read on to find out more!
                              header image for circuit board design blog of businessmen improving upon the traditional clunky wearables
                              By Altium, Mar 15, 2017
                              When Fitbit was first developed neither of its creators had PCB design or manufacturing experience, and they immediately ran into major problems. They ultimately wanted a product that comes in a small package, which meant that proper PCB layout was critical for success. Read on to learn more!
                              wearable tech must be wireless
                              By Altium, Mar 08, 2017
                              Medical wearables need to be sleek, unencumbered, and compact; able to collect meaningful medical data with few (or no) wires attached to the patient. This creates demand for flexible board designs. While you’re trying hard to push the limits of space, to use smart materials, and to minimize its footprint, it can be damn annoying when you fall out of a board outline (particularly when dealing with irregular board shapes). Read on to find out how to do this!