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Communicating Up and Sideways - For the Engineer Entrepreneur

A good leader should communicate in the language of his or her subordinates. A good leader should be the one to adjust dialect and language. This is well accepted wisdom. The problem is that “should” is a rather meaningless word.... Read more

Electronics Manufacturing Files - What We Need

Manufacturing is all about taking data from you and delivering some good working circuit boards. Well, it can be just data - as in full turn-key, or data plus some parts and or PC boards, as in a partial turn-key... Read more

Do You Really Need Soldermask and Silkscreen?

We've been asked that question: "Do I Really Need Soldermask and Silkscreen?" many times. And, we've been asked with good reasons. To us, soldermask protects exposed metal, reduce the chance of shorts, and keeps solder where solder needs to be.... Read more

Rules-based PCB Layout

Design rules are rules (imagine that) set in your PCB CAD software that will do one or more of two things. A) They set the limits of the capabilities of the PCB fabrication company you'll use to make your blank... Read more

Stage Three Marketing - for the Engineer Entrepreneur

As an engineer entering the land of entrepreneurship, you know (over simplification warning) design can be split into two philosophies: hack & patch, or engineer it. I suspect that all but lazy people would prefer the “engineer it” method over... Read more

Power Distribution - To route, or To Plane

Power distribution, on a PC board, can come in a number of forms. The three most common methods are You can route power and ground. You can use surface layer floods. You can use internal planes. After component positioning, you’ll... Read more

Minimalist Market Segmentation - for the Engineer Entrepreneur

As an engineer entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard the phrase “market segmentation.” If you haven’t, you really should have, and, well... now you have. It is one of the more important components of marketing. Like many others, it can seem intentionally... Read more

Basic Layout - Aligning Components

Not long ago, I designed an Arduino compatible clock board. The board has twelve NeoPixel (digital addressed RGB LEDs) arranged around the board to act as hour hands. The minutes and seconds are represented by an external ring of 60... Read more

The Ideal Bill of Materials

A good portion of a quality build is simply the result of clear information. One of the more important pieces of information we deal with is the Bill of materials, called “the BOM.” The BOM is a list of all... Read more

Last Minute DFM - Are You In Portland, October 4th?

Learn about last minute DFM, and enter to win... In a prototype world, with competition breathing down your neck, you need everything to work, work fast, and work the first time. Sit in on my "Last Minute DFM" class to... Read more