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Fully functional additively manufactured IoT devices

Fully functional additively manufactured IoT devices
An additive electronics provider, Nano Dimension, has announced it has successfully printed and tested an Internet of Things (IoT) transceiver, an additively manufactured IoT device. Using its DragonFly Pro precision additive manufacturing system, Nano Dimension reportedly printed a transceiver prototype in 12 hours with improved performance over traditional manufacturing.
1st May 2019

From art to science – the development of the PCB

From art to science – the development of the PCB
Let's start from the begining, the earliest PCBs were very much works of art. Etched by hand, they owed more to technology from artwork reproduction than to high tech. To create these circuits copper-clad boards were used. The artwork was hand-drawn, and once the track layout was defined, it was printed onto the board as an etch-resist mask. Acid was next used to etch away the exposed copper before another chemical removed the etch resist.
23rd April 2019

3D printing side-mounting technology onto circuit boards

3D printing side-mounting technology onto circuit boards
The additive electronics provider, Nano Dimension, has announced side mounting technology for additively manufactured printed circuit boards (PCBs). With Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Precision Additive Manufacturing System, the technology can print and solder components to the top, bottom and sides of the PCB, resulting in as much as a 50% increase in board space when compared with traditionally manufactured PCBs. 
2nd April 2019


PCB design platform for global design and data management

PCB design platform for global design and data management
It has been announced by Mentor, a Siemens business, that DAIKIN has selected Mentor’s Xpedition printed circuit board (PCB) design flow software as their global design environment. Although DAIKIN had an established PCB design process, the company needed to share CAD library and design data across its globally dispersed locations in order to increase design efficiency and quality.
1st April 2019

Standoffs for PCBs enable quick screwless attachment

Standoffs for PCBs enable quick screwless attachment
New PEM SMTSK unthreaded standoffs from Penn Engineering permanently surface mount on printed circuit boards to enable quick attachment and removal of stacked components without requiring screws or tools. Their barrel design allows for a stacked board or panel to be slipped easily into place and then detached by simply sliding the component sideways and lifting it off.
28th March 2019

Will space be the final frontier for Newbury Electronics' PCBs?

Will space be the final frontier for Newbury Electronics' PCBs?
Not content with supplying prototype PCBs for everyday designs and developments, some of Newbury Electronics recent boards are being used in the development of a space borne GPS receiver. This is the latest in a string of projects that the company has completed for Dr Ben Kieniewicz, Founder and Director of European Engineering & Consultancy (EECL). 
18th March 2019

Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads

Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads
The term ‘via’ probably comes from the Latin word meaning ‘road’. Therefore, open via would essentially mean ‘open road’. Open roads, in Oregon for example, sometimes run through open range ranch land. That means that cows have as much right to be on the road as do cars. If you don't want cows on your PC boards where the BGAs go, don't leave open vias in your BGA footprint. By Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits
25th January 2019

The role of printing in a new era of electronics

The role of printing in a new era of electronics
Printing will be an enabler for mass customisation of electronics for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices that will fuse form and function in new ways. This is according to Dr Janos Veres, who leads the Novel and Printed Electronics Program at PARC research centre in Silicon Valley. Dr Veres will be presenting a keynote session at this week’s Innovations in Large-Area Electronics 2019 conference (innoLAE2019) in Cambridge, which will run from 22nd-23rd January.
21st January 2019

SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID

SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID
An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by HARTING. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of one.
17th January 2019

PCB design platform delivers multi-dimensional verification

PCB design platform delivers multi-dimensional verification
Mentor, a Siemens business, has announced the new Xpedition printed circuit board (PCB) design platform focused on multi-dimensional verification. With the increasing complexities of today’s systems, PCB design managers can be challenged by the lack of robust verification tools and/or the difficulty in applying these tools, to identify problems early in the design development phase.
12th December 2018


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