Drones, Robots and Thermal Management: OnTrack Newsletter December 2017

December 18, 2017 Judy Warner
 
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On Track Newsletter
December 2017 VOL. 1 No 9
 

Welcome to the December issue of Altium’s On Track Newsletter. In celebration of our far reaching global community, we are shining the spotlight on an impressive PCB designer from Norway this month. Tor-Anders Lunder designs boards for a startup company called Staaker which makes a tracking drone with a camera mount for sports enthusiasts.

In Maker Space, we highlight a group of Brazilian students that make robots and compete internationally in Robocup. Chris Carlson wraps up his thermal management video series discussing PCB heat transfer. We’ve also given you a hearty portion of Brain Food to keep you sharp!

As 2017 draws to a close and we reflect on this past year, we are sincerely grateful for the many ways in which we have connected with so many of you personally. Whether it be at a meetup, the AltiumLive Summit, trade events or even through this newsletter--we are encouraged by the growing sense of community that we’ve built together this year. Thank you for continuing to engage with us and share valuable feedback that helps us to continually improve our products and grow as a company. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a very happy 2018. We look forward to continued growth as a community in the new year!

Warm Regards,
Judy M. Warner
Director of Community Engagement
 
 
Spotlight
 
Highlighting Exceptional PCB Designers
 
Tor-Anders Lunder is an accomplished Norwegian engineer who has always been eager to understand the impact of his PCB designs on fabricators and assemblers, and to grasp the complexities of full product design including the integration of ECAD and MCAD. This ultimately led him to a challenging and exciting startup company called Staaker which has developed a self-tracking drone for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Lunder gave a presentation at AltiumLive 2017 in Munich in October. In this interview, he talks about his presentation as well as his background and perspective on successful PCB design.
 
 
Maker Space
 
 
 
Featured Blog/Video
 
Thermal Management, Part 3: PCB Heat Transfer
 
Chris Carlson wraps up his 3-part video series on Thermal Management. This time, he discusses PCB heat transfer.
 
 
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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