Flex Cost Drivers, Solar Car Drivers and DFM OnTrack Newsletter March 2018

March 23, 2018 Judy Warner
 
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On Track Newsletter
March 2018 VOL. 1 No 12
 

Welcome to the March edition of the Altium® OnTrack Newsletter. We have some exceptional content for you this month—so read on!

In Design Like a Girl, I interview PCB fabrication veteran and flex expert Tara Dunn of OMNI PCB who will share some insight into cost drivers for flex and rigid-flex circuits.

In Next Gen Designers, I interview the Sunswift Solar-Electric team from the University of New South Wales who are building some of the most advanced cars of their kind.

Featured in our OnTrack video series is David Marrakchi who shares some key fundamentals of DFM and how to improve your yields.

Behind that we share three juicy portions of Brain Food—some on the subject of flex to augment what you will learn from Tara Dunn’s piece. Last but not least, we share some Regional News.

As OnTrack continues to grow as a brand within the Altium brand, we continually look for new ways to produce useful and interesting content and resources that will help you stay sharp, learn from thought leaders and grow. To that end, we are proud to announce the launch of the OnTrack Podcast that will feature conversations with subject matter experts, thought leaders, and accomplished PCB designers and engineers. We invite you to subscribe and give us feedback about what you would like to hear.

As always, I love to hear from you and get your feedback about this newsletter as well by emailing me at judy.warner@altium.com.

Enjoy and always...stay OnTrack!

Director of Community Engagement
 
 
Spotlight
 
Getting a Handle on Flex Cost Drivers
 
Tara Dunn has been in the PCB industry for over 20 years. Although her company, OMNI PCB, represents several companies that cover the entire technology spectrum, she has developed a keen expertise in DFM for flex and rigid-flex designs. She presented a very popular talk at AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit last fall to teach designers about flex cost drivers. Here, Dunn shares some of those tips on how to minimize the cost of flex and rigid-flex designs which continue to rise in market prevalence.
 
 
Maker Space
 
 
 
Featured Blog/Video
 
Introduction to DFM - Maximize Your Yield
 
Technical Marketing Manager David Marrakchi discusses an introduction to Design for Manufacturing and how to maximize your PCB yields.
 
 
Brain Food
 
 
 

About the Author

Judy Warner

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry since 1984. She has a deep background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing with a focus on Mil/Aero applications in technical sales and marketing. She has been a blogger, writer, contributor and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, The PCB Magazine, The PCB Design Magazine, PDCF&A and IEEE Microwave Magazine and is an active member of multiple IPC Designers Council chapters. In March 2017, Warner became the Director of Community Engagement for Altium and was immediately tasked with the launch of Altium’s monthly On Track Newsletter. She was also instrumental in launching AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit in San Diego and Munich, a newly founded annual Altium User Conference. Her passion is providing resources, supporting and advocating for PCB Designers around the world and acting as brand ambassador for Altium.

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