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Getting Started with PCB design? Learn more about PCB design software, tools and process here.

  • Connecting Two PCBs With a Bus: Do Not Pass When Flashing Yellow

    Connecting Two PCBs With a Bus: Do Not Pass When Flashing Yellow

    There are always inventive ways to manipulate your PCB designs and get your boards in communication with each other. PCB bus is one of those ways.

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  • Knowledge Before Power: Making Shapes to Create an Assembly Drawing in Altium Designer

    Knowledge Before Power: Making Shapes to Create an Assembly Drawing in Altium Designer

    Before you can design a schematic, layout a PCB, or even create an assembly drawing in Altium Designer, you need to know how to work with primitive shapes.

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  • Hardware Startup Questions: Beginning to Realize Your Electronics Dreams

    Hardware Startup Questions: Beginning to Realize Your Electronics Dreams

    By walking step-by-step through your main hardware startup questions, you can learn how to get your product design to first pass manufacturing and beyond.

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  • Ambitious Students, Makers and Innovators

    Ambitious Students, Makers and Innovators

    Curious about the future? Read about the students and makers making it happen.

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  • Three Exceptional Professional PCB Designers

    Three Exceptional Professional PCB Designers

    PCB Design professional role models you don't want to miss.

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  • Create a Symbol Quickly Using the Altium Designer’s Schematic Symbol Generation Tool

    Create a Symbol Quickly Using the Altium Designer’s Schematic Symbol Generation Tool

    If you've ever wondered how to create a symbol in your PCB schematic, using the symbol generator tool in Altium Designer is a great way to get the job done.

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  • Learning the PCB Design Software Shortcuts to Hack Your Design Growth

    Learning the PCB Design Software Shortcuts to Hack Your Design Growth

    If you’re wondering about the PCB design software shortcuts that are available for users of Altium, look no further for a few of the most useful and common ones.

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  • Working with Altium Designer’s Multilayered Via Routing Rules

    Working with Altium Designer’s Multilayered Via Routing Rules

    With multilayer boards, you can use Altium’s routing rules more effectively. Here’s a quick guide on how to route between layers by designating via rules.

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  • Manufacturing Startup Costs: Budget for Tests and Success

    Manufacturing Startup Costs: Budget for Tests and Success

    Design, components, testing, and manufacturing costs are a major challenge for any hardware startup. Learn how to manage all of it with these budgeting tips.

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  • Electronic Hardware Startup Tips: From Idea to Manufacturing

    Electronic Hardware Startup Tips: From Idea to Manufacturing

    Everyone has those napkin-sketch type of ideas, but not everyone makes them into a reality. Ensure your electronic hardware startup succeeds with these tips.

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  • Using the New Select Filter When Selecting Objects in Altium Designer 18

    Using the New Select Filter When Selecting Objects in Altium Designer 18

    PCB design means selecting objects in your tools to edit, and Altium's advanced selection functionality makes selecting objects in Altium Designer 18 easy.

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  • Keep Your Altium Designer PCB Layout in Line with Grids and Grid-Selection Shortcuts

    Keep Your Altium Designer PCB Layout in Line with Grids and Grid-Selection Shortcuts

    Working with a grid system is an important part of PCB design. Here are some useful grid functions and shortcuts that can help you with Altium Designer PCB layout.

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  • Oh the Boards You Will Make: Tips for Beginners in Design & Electronics

    Oh the Boards You Will Make: Tips for Beginners in Design & Electronics

    All rocket scientists start at the same point: here are some tips for beginners in design and electronics to help encourage your curiosity and creativity.

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  • Design for Manual Prototyping and Throw Off Your Restraints

    Design for Manual Prototyping and Throw Off Your Restraints

    While there are alternatives to manual prototyping, learning how to design for it will keep you equipped for your testing phase of product development.

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  • How to Create a Schematic in Altium Designer: The Journey of a Thousand PCBs

    How to Create a Schematic in Altium Designer: The Journey of a Thousand PCBs

    Don’t get overwhelmed by how to create a schematic in Altium Designer. Use the tools you need to succeed in that first step to moving into layout and design.

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  • Starting Out in PCB Design with the Right Board Layout Software

    Starting Out in PCB Design with the Right Board Layout Software

    When looking into a new career in PCB design, here are some important highlights about printed circuit board layout software that you should know about.

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  • Light Dependant Resistors: The Fundamentals of Automatic Street Light Design

    Light Dependant Resistors: The Fundamentals of Automatic Street Light Design

    Light dependant resistors affect how your lighting applications work, so it is best to learn how to design your electronic with them.

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  • Peeling Back the Layers: Electronic PCB Stackup

    Peeling Back the Layers: Electronic PCB Stackup

    Defining your electronic PCB layers optimizes your design and keeps manufacturing costs to a minimum for a happy supply chain budget.

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  • Unifying a Comprehensive Collection: PCB Library Management

    Unifying a Comprehensive Collection: PCB Library Management

    With proper communication systems in place, PCB library management can be an efficient, time-saving process that you can look forward to.

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  • Enable Temperature and Humidity Analysis with a Humidity Sensor Circuit Design

    Enable Temperature and Humidity Analysis with a Humidity Sensor Circuit Design

    If you’re looking to design a sensor for temperature and humidity data tracking and analysis, consider these humidity sensor circuit design tips.

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