The communication challenge in PCB design-for-manufacturing

One of the biggest challenges in the process of a design to manufacturing handoff is…

Silkscreen – is it really that simple?

Background A silkscreen contains human- and machine-readable marks on the surface of a PCB that…

Skydiving without a parachute – how to enable exchange of manufacturing process requirements

On an August evening in the sky above a California desert, a skydiver leaped from…

How to Take Control and Reduce PCB Design Tweaking

In the realm of PCB fabrication, it is commonplace for manufacturers to “tweak” board designs…

Right the first time

Shift left – Shift Right (1st part out of two) In 1887 the great city…

Should You Really Trust Gerber?

Background The Gerber data transfer format has been serving the PCB manufacturing industry for decades,…

How the PCBflow platform keeps your data safe

A look at how PCBflow keeps your board design and manufacturing capability files secure…

Connecting PCB developers to fabricators to saving them time and money; the Nistec experience

Siemens’ collaboration space for connects electronics designers and manufacturers to shorten the design-to-production process…

solder mask clearance and coverage

Solder Mask Coverage Violations and how to prevent them

During my years in the PCB pre-production world, I’ve seen the challenge of preparing design…

4 less obvious PCB DFM violations

The PCB design blogosphere is filled with articles listing rules of thumb to ensure your…