November 6, 2019

Holistic Product Design for Electrical Engineers – AltiumLive 2019 Keynote Talk

Last year, I spoke about empathetic engineering at Altium’s annual PCB design conference. This year, they invited me back to take that topic a step further. In my 2019 AltiumLive keynote, I discuss what holistic product design means for electrical engineers and PCB designers. Read on to watch the full keynote. Continue reading

October 9, 2013

Tutorial 3 for CadSoft Eagle: CAM Output and DFM

In the third installment of my Eagle tutorial series, I show you how to prepare your circuit board design for manufacturing, including performing DFM (Design for Manufacturability) checks, and generating output Gerber files. Continue reading

Eagle Tutorial 2

July 6, 2012

Tutorial 2 for CadSoft Eagle: Printed Circuit Board Layout

In this second tutorial on CadSoft Eagle, I’ll show you how to turn your schematic into a board design that you can get manufactured! Specifically, I’ll cover part layout, automatic and manual routing, layer and grid controls, ULPs, ground pours, net classes, and much more! Continue reading

June 9, 2008

Moving Towards a Finalized Design

Today was dedicated to getting a working prototype of the guitar in its nearly final form. Since we have redesigned the control board, we modified the original design by cutting connections and jumpering pins to get it working with the … Continue reading

June 5, 2008

More guitar mods, and PCB testing

Since we are convinced that the inside our our guitar is going to look really cool when complete, we’ve decided to make a a back window out of plexiglass, so today we’ve started to cut it. As normal, today was … Continue reading

June 4, 2008

Guitar Programming bug fixes, PCB testing, and USB installation

At this point, it’s all about bug fixes. We have two working version of our program, the spin version, running in a slower interpreted language that is easier to code, and a super fast-assembly version, that still doesn’t work perfectly, … Continue reading

June 3, 2008

Even more Programming, and the Arrival of PCBs

Oh yes, even more programming today. After spending hours working out little bugs in our new code platform, we finally have a “working” version. However, it is still not as good as our previous program (the one that 100 percented … Continue reading

May 27, 2008

Guitar Mods, Program Tweaking, PCB Building

Work on the guitar has been continuing at a steady rate. What has been going on: We’ve installed the d-sub connection into the side of the guitar We’ve installed a switch above the whammy bar that will turn autonomous mode … Continue reading