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Where to Put Panel Tabs

Many small quantity PC boards are ordered individually cut. They come to us as a set of unconnected boards. For small quantities of reasonable size boards, it makes the most sense to order them this way. However, for really small... Read more

Top 5 Things to Know When Moving from Hand Assembly to Robotic Assembly

A lot of factors go into the decision to hand build or outsource circuit boards. I hand build my own sometimes, simply because I enjoy the challenge. Of course most of the projects I design are for my own use,... Read more

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to everyone here in the USA. We will be closed on Monday for the holiday. Read more

Fiducials and Odd PC Boards

One of the handy aspects of getting boards assembled at Screaming Circuits is that we don't require fiducial marks for standard process boards. I would say that we build far more boards without fiducials than with. That's cool, but there... Read more

USB Type-C Connectors

It wasn't terribly long ago that pretty much every cell phone came out with its own custom charging cable. It was a major step forward when they all (except Apple) standardized on the USB micro-B connector. However, there are a... Read more

Arduinos Spotted

I've given a few talks at the various Embedded Systems Conferences on the subject of the Arduino as a real prototyping tool. I've designed and built a number of custom Arduino-compatible boards myself. I've become an advocate for the Arduino... Read more

Advanced Technology now available

CCB - Concrete Circuit Board: Rumored for years, scoffed at for even more years, and now available to you - Concrete substrate for circuit boards! The US NCA (National Circuit Agency) recently declassified this new technology, and granted exclusive assembly... Read more

Electronic Business Card Holder, Part III

If you haven't yet read part one or two of this series, find them here: part one part two With all of the key design decisions under my belt, it was time to build. I ordered the boards and parts... Read more

Happy St Patrick's Day!

In honor of St Patrick's day and all things green, I give you the PCB... And some trivia. You may have noticed that the soldermask used on most PC boards is green, as is the paint used on most steel... Read more

Electronic Business Card Holder, Part II

If you haven't yet read it, rush on back and read part one of this series... Done yet? Okay, good. When I left off, I had promised some design decisions, of which, the power source would be the first. I... Read more