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Move 3D Interference Checking to Electronic Design for a More Efficient Flow During a typical design process it can take multiple iterations before your PCB fits its enclosure, leading to delayed schedules and missed deadlines. How can you ensure your PCB fits right the first time? With 3D interference checking. Every electronic product consists of both mechanical and electrical assemblies. The two need to fit together — you don’t want electronic components interfering with the mechanical enclosure. Typically, the Read Article
How Proper PCB Layout Can Help You Avoid Adding Heat Sinks to Your Design Having to recall products, like faulty computer monitors, is a financial burden that can be avoided How does PCB Layout help to Avoid Adding Heat Sinks to Your Design? 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 Read Article
Advances in Printed Circuit Board Design: Fitbit Takes Fitness from Clunky to Cool 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. For his birthday, my nephew got a Fitbit. To my astonishment, instead of rolling his eyes and muttering a thank you to the floor, he held it above his head and started jumping Read Article
Implementing Complex Pad Shapes into Your PCB Designs In some instances, geometrically irregular or complex pad shapes may be required in your designs, and getting them just right can drain a significant amount of time and manual effort. Learn how to save time and energy by quickly implementing complex pad shapes in your PCB design in Altium Designer®. Read on to find out more. Most component package types have consistent and straightforward rectangular or round pad shapes. Creating footprints for Read Article