There will never be a time that technology stops evolving. So why do we stop evolving our planning processes when it comes to design and innovation. Getting caught in the step-by-step routine when it comes to design can be the biggest downfall for innovation.
Selecting the correct design software.
Although we all know that planning must be cost-effective, we can also agree that investing in cutting edge software design programs is key to keeping up with the latest industry trends. PCB CAD/CAM engineers use schematics and specifications of the components to design the PCB with a computer-aided design (CAD) program. Ensuring your engineering team has access to such software is the very first step in developing a layout to show you exactly how your board will look, where components will be placed, and ensuring manufacturability. Software we would recommend utilizing in this stage would be; Protel, PADS (PowerPCB), ORCAD, and Kicad. Should your team not have access to such software, Aurora Circuits has a full team of engineers waiting to help make your circuit board come to life.
Picking the correct material.
When it comes to manufacturing PCBs, it is critical to ensure you are selecting the proper material. In order for production to run smoothly, one must consider the substrates/laminates required for production. The substrate is the conductive material, while laminates when used with substrates, can provide the copper foil/surface material. The manufacturability, functionality and life cycle of your PCB depend on its construction. It is, therefore, essential that you make the best circuit board material selection. Should you have questions or concerns about the type of materials available to you, or perhaps wonder if you can use a substitute to cut cost or elevated supply chain issues, our trusted team of engineers can certainly help!
Test it out!
New designs are fun, but they come with their own set of challenges. When diving into the R&D marketing, there have proven to be more times than not that we created a prototype. Doing this can save thousands of dollars and costly mistakes. This practice has become very common in the PCB industry. Error in the circuitry of the boards are more likely to be detected during these “practice” runs.
If you are ready to have your design manufactured, reach out to us directly and we can get you started on the right path! If you want more information on engineering software, circuit board material options, or how to select the best method for your design, contact us.