The rapidly changing PCB DFM landscape – Live Annual Event

By Susan Kayesar

Live online event – September 20, 2022 – 2 sessions available.

PCB design for manufacturing (DFM) is moving to the cloud. But why? Who is it for?
And how is the cloud changing the way DFM is done?

In a nutshell, it’s about agility and cost. And there’s much to be gained by both PCB designers and manufacturers.

The rapid pace of innovation and new product introduction is driving PCB designers to churn out designs faster than ever before. Yet not every design can be produced by every manufacturer, especially in light of the global supply chain problems that have led to severe component shortages. The multiple iterations needed to adapt a design to real-world manufacturing capabilities can significantly slow down the entire PCB lifecycle and time-to-market.

As the pace of innovation accelerates, it’s more important than ever to “shift left” and perform Design for Manufacturing Analysis (DFM), starting early in the design stage, eliminating the need for multiple revisions and respins. However, the costs of the on-premises, software installation, support and maintenance, and skilled technological resources needed for traditional DFM, setup and definition, mean that DFM is out of reach for many of small and medium businesses (SMBs). That’s an important point because in today’s PCB market, SMBs outnumber enterprise OEMs by 4 to 1.  
Cloud-based DFM gives small to medium businesses access to powerful technology and software that was previously unattainable with traditional DFM tools. Therefore, many SMBs and even large enterprises are now turning to SaaS applications that can be easily launched and updated with dynamic, real-time manufacturing data.

Our upcoming live, online event “The State of DFM” on September 20 will dive deep into these topics.

The speakers at our upcoming event will discuss the challenges of bridging the design and manufacturing ecosystems, and the benefits of moving DFM validation to the cloud. They’ll also look at what’s next for cloud-based DFM and explain how Siemens’ PCBflow takes the process further, offering a single collaboration platform where anyone involved in the process can easily preview designs and perform DFM analysis based on the actual process capabilities of a chosen manufacturer. View full event details and agenda HERE

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