What we're about
This is a one-day workshop (full-day) that'll take those new to designing circuit boards thru the complete process of creating a professional quality schematic, placing and routing a printed circuit board (PCB) file, and generating all of the files required to fabrication (BOM, Gerber, Pick and Place, NC Drill, etc), to professional standards.
We will actually take a design thru the entire process from start to finish and look at how to create something that can be built for short-runs as well as production quantities. We will also look at manufacturing options (silkscreen, soldermask, finishes, thicknesses, spacing, etc) and go thru the process of actually ordering a PCB.
This process also includes a look at choosing parts, using reference designs, application schematics, managing costs, availability, etc.
This is a hands-on event and as such requires that you bring a computer if you intend to go thru the exercises (details on software requirements will follow but there will not be a cost associated with any of the tools used). At the end of the exercises you will have real manufacturing files you can choose to submit to manufacture. We will also supply low cost options for purchasing all components used in the design and also low cost manufacturing options if you intend to build the board we'll be designing during the event (details on the boards to follow...it'll be cool).
Those interested should expect to be at the event the entire day. Lunch will be provided, along with drinks, snacks, various swag, etc.
A short list of items covered during this one-day event include:
• Selecting components, managing costs, availability, utilizing resources (datasheets, application schematics, reference designs)
• Creating Library Components for Schematic / Placing and wiring components
• Schematic rules and constraints / Schematic best-practices / Design for re-usability, modularity
• Creating PCB footprints that work! (IPC spec parts, mfg. spec's, etc)
• Generating a netlist / syncing schematic to PCB / keeping things in sync
• Defining PCB layers, layer constraints
• Defining Design Rules in PCB
• Placing and routing components in PCB properly
• Generating manufacturing outputs including fabrication, assembly, and procurement detail
• Submitting to a manufacturer