If you are like most engineers, you may be frustrated with the day-to-day grind of the office place. No one seems to listen to ideas and concerns. No one seems to have the energy or drive to take things to the next level of excellence. Promotions and opportunities never seem to come your way. The extra work and effort are hardly appreciated, if at all. Management seems to be making a lot of money without doing much or even bothering to understand what’s being done.
Continue reading Planning on Hanging Your Technical Shingle?
We at Nine Dot Connects are often asked our opinion and recommendation about various library methodologies. One of the most commonly asked questions is if one should pursue a version-controlled library.
Continue reading Version Controlled Library
The August 2017 edition of Printed Circuit Design and Fab Circuits Assembly acknowledged what many of us PCB designers have suspected; there is a strong need to train young people in the art of PCB design. It is becoming a lost art in a time when it is ever so needed. With the current technological upswing, it is truly a great time to be an experienced PCB designer. But while being an experienced PCB designer is one thing, getting more people to embrace a job as a dedicated PCB designer is another.
Continue reading The Dedicated PCB Layout Artist – Is This a Sustainable Profession?
Preface: Mark Saunders is currently a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is one of the few undergraduate students with a working knowledge of PCB design. Although his focus is firmware, he has used Altium Designer for several personal and class projects.
Continue reading Detangling a Power Short
In the design of printed circuit boards, there is a lot of documentation that gets generated. All too often, we give too much information to the board and assembly houses, and yet, do not have the document later on to make modifications!! How can this be?
Continue reading Source vs. Output
Why the ‘Golden Demo’ Isn’t So Golden!
When I was an application engineer at Altium, I was given the task of creating a golden demo which we would use for a weekly webinar. A colleague of mine and I managed to pull together a rather intricate 45-minute script that would demonstrate numerous functions of Altium Designer. Granted, I knew nothing about marketing and I was coming into this job after a decade of test and integration engineering.
Continue reading Know Your Customer
This is an interview conducted by the editor, Andy Shaughnessy, of I-Connect007 with Paul Taubman back on November 9, 2017.
Nine Dot Connects has certainly blazed an interesting trail. The company started out as an Altium reseller, but in less than a decade, Nine Dot Connects has also become a design service bureau and a provider of PCB design instruction, training, and consulting services. A quick scan through their webpage reveals dozens of archived PCB design webinars, all neatly organized by category.
Continue reading INTERVIEW: Good Design Instruction is a True Value-Add