Keep Learning, Tackling 3D and Making and Hacking! On Track Newsletter September 2017

September 21, 2017 Judy Warner
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On Track Newsletter
September 2017 VOL. 1 No 6

Welcome to the September edition of Altium’s On Track Newsletter. This month PCB designer extraordinaire, Susy Webb, shares her tireless passion and continual pursuit of excellence in Design Like a Girl. In the On Track video series, John Magyar illustrates why 3D is a truly powerful tool and not just a gimmick for designers. Lastly, we take a peek inside the wild and wonderful world of makers and hardware hackers in the Maker section, and tell you about key events coming up for this community of innovators.

Our goal is to continually bring you resources that will help you succeed as an engineer and designer. One tool we have launched in recent months is the EDA Pulse App, which is an aggregator of news from all of the major trade news sources such as EDN, EE Times, PCB Design Magazine, the Altium® Blog, and even blogs from our competitors such as Mentor, Zuken™ and Autodesk. You can download it through Google Play and also the Apple App Store.

Make sure to get registered for the upcoming AltiumLive 2017: ANNUAL PCB DESIGN SUMMIT. Space is very limited and nearly full. You can view the keynote speakers, agenda and Professional Development Courses for Munich HERE, and for San Diego HERE.

Missed last month's newsletter? Check out past and present newsletters online here.

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Enjoy and always stay On Track!

Director of Community Engagement
Highlighting Exceptional Women PCB Designers
Over 35 years ago, a very bright woman named Susy Webb was looking for a new challenge and avenue to apply her commercial art skills. Lucky for the industry, as well as current employer Fairfield Nodal, this put her on the path to become a very skilled high-speed PCB designer. When she’s not designing oil exploration and monitoring equipment, she’s often found teaching other designers in North American conferences, or for global companies. I’m certain you’ll enjoy her story and what she believes is important for PCB designers from around the world to know and practice to be their best in today’s marketplace.
Maker Space
Featured Blog/Video
3D: Gimmick or Feature?
3D capability in your CAD tool has many benefits for your PCB design and helps you collaborate successfully with your mechanical team. However, some still think 3D is just a gimmick. Senior AE, John Magyar explains the tangible benefits of 3D and how it helps designers save time and create successful products.
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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