Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

  • Should You or Your Manufacturer Specify Every Aspect of PCB Construction?

    Should You or Your Manufacturer Specify Every Aspect of PCB Construction?

    Let’s discuss when it’s best to specify exactly how your PCB should be constructed and when you should let your manufacturer make those decisions.

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  • Which IoT Protocol Is Best Suited to Your Design Requirements

    Which IoT Protocol Is Best Suited to Your Design Requirements

    IoT Protocols, let me count the ways...

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  • How Low Power Wide Area Networks Are Enabling IoT Systems

    How Low Power Wide Area Networks Are Enabling IoT Systems

    What do civil engineers love, but electrical engineers hate? Concrete.

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  • Using Cans for EMI Shielding on Your PCB

    Using Cans for EMI Shielding on Your PCB

    Preventing electromagnetic interference is critical for proper functioning of your PCB design.

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  • Flexible Future: The Industries That Are Forcing You To Learn Rigid Flex PCB Design

    Flexible Future: The Industries That Are Forcing You To Learn Rigid Flex PCB Design

    It seems like as soon as I master some brand new technology, it’s time for the next big thing and I have to start all over again.

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  • PCB Design for Manufacturing: Prevent Via Defects by Talking to Your Manufacturer

    PCB Design for Manufacturing: Prevent Via Defects by Talking to Your Manufacturer

    Sometimes your feelings toward your manufacturer may resemble your feelings towards any ex-girlfriends. Especially when they tell you that your boards have a One of my ex-girlfriends always used...

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  • How to Choose a Test Lab for FCC Certification of IoT Products

    How to Choose a Test Lab for FCC Certification of IoT Products

    Getting an FCC certification is an important (and legally required) step for IoT systems and other products that transmit and receive data. Choosing the right lab makes a huge difference in the...

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  • PCB Designer Mike Brown Offers Advice: Stay Hungry, Keep Growing, Nurture Relationships

    PCB Designer Mike Brown Offers Advice: Stay Hungry, Keep Growing, Nurture Relationships

    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...

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  • How Tesla Rethought Lithium Ion Cells Through Modular Design and Vertical Integration

    How Tesla Rethought Lithium Ion Cells Through Modular Design and Vertical Integration

    Lithium Ion batteries provide high performance and fast recharging, making them ideal for electric vehicles.

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  • LiDAR Bringing Autonomous Vehicles into the Mainstream Market

    LiDAR Bringing Autonomous Vehicles into the Mainstream Market

    Imagine riding in one of the cars from Minority Report. That day may not be far away.

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  • How to Protect Your PCB Designs from Counterfeit Electronic Components

    How to Protect Your PCB Designs from Counterfeit Electronic Components

    Counterfeit electronics are worse than fake news.

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  • The Best PCB Design and Manufacturing Practices for Moisture Management

    The Best PCB Design and Manufacturing Practices for Moisture Management

    A common source of PCB malfunctions, especially in outdoor environments, comes from moisture on the boards. Fortunately, there are several options for protecting your boards when they are...

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  • SpaceX to Launch Modular Falcon Rocket with Reused Engines

    SpaceX to Launch Modular Falcon Rocket with Reused Engines

    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.

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  • How to Increase Design Yield & Quality with Teardrops

    How to Increase Design Yield & Quality with Teardrops

    During the fabrication & manufacturing process, issues commonly arise due to misaligned holes or undesirable drill breakouts. Learn how including teardrops in your designs can help you to improve...

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  • Creating Unusual Shapes in Altium Designer - The Donut

    Creating Unusual Shapes in Altium Designer - The Donut

    Learn how to create a 3D donut shape without access to complex mechanical editing software in Altium Designer.

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  • Using the Live Drill Table Improves PCB Production

    Using the Live Drill Table Improves PCB Production

    Learn how to accelerate the design process with complete visibility over dynamic drill data while you design your PCB in Altium Designer.

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  • Move Interference Checking to Electronic Design for a More Efficient Flow

    Move Interference Checking to Electronic Design for a More Efficient Flow

    Speeding up your assembly interference checking is more feasible than ever. Move interference checking to electronic design for a more efficient flow.

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  • Top 10 DFM Problems That Affect Every Design

    Top 10 DFM Problems That Affect Every Design

    Learn how to prevent the top 10 Design for Manufacturability (DFM) issues in your next PCB design project with these strategies.

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  • The Final Step: Online Design Rule Check

    The Final Step: Online Design Rule Check

    Learn how to master your PCB design rules to easily meet your PCB manufacturing guidelines and identify rule violations.

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