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                              Recent Blogs 13 Posts
                              Mike Brown is a designer’s designer. He caught the design-bug at the tender age of 17 and has never looked back. Recently, he shared the story of his career path from being a young draftsman, to design manager, to entrepreneur and finally selling his company, Interconnect Design Solutions (IDS), last year to the Maryland-based contract manufacturer, Zentech Manufacturing.
                              Modern rockets and spacecrafts
                              By Altium, Mar 29, 2017
                              Modular, reusable design is a design methodology that demands serious consideration. SpaceX have put the associated advantages to work with their Falcon family of spacecraft. The Falcon Heavy long-range heavy payload rocket, their latest effort, is built from existing Falcon models. Moreover, the Falcon rockets are engineered to land in a controlled manner, so that they can be reused for future missions. In their next mission, SpaceX will launch a Falcon - and land it - equipped with a reused engine. If successful, it will be another first for SpaceX, a name associated with pushing the limits of space exploration.
                              space shuttle launch
                              By Altium, Mar 24, 2017
                              Today, the new frontiers of spaceflight are explored by SpaceX. SpaceX is an ambitious venture to create a new reusable launch system and, ultimately, interplanetary travel. The most visible of these efforts is the Falcon series of rockets. Designed with the goals of reusability and reduced costs, the Falcon series is engineered around ease of manufacturing and assembly. What role does today’s PCB technology, and the computing power it brings, play in the world of SpaceX? Read on to find out more!
                              PCB being tested with a multimeter
                              By Altium, Mar 22, 2017
                              While having your manufacturer source components for you might seem like the fastest and cheapest option, some difficulties can arise. After a bad experience with counterfeit components, we began sourcing our own components and never looked back. Counterfeit parts are common and incredibly difficult to detect. Having good control over your sources is absolutely essential if you have tight performance or security specifications. Read on to find out more!
                              Components on a PCB
                              By Altium, Mar 17, 2017
                              Everyone knows that excessive heat can kill components or drive them out of spec, but sometimes it isn’t obvious when heat will be a problem. Heat mitigation issues may appear over time, like a solder joint that fractures due to thermal expansion and contraction over numerous heat cycles. These issues can go undetected in testing, which is why it is important to layout your board correctly in order to avoid these scenarios. 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!