Changing the Business of Electronics Production
In my role as Shaper’s Principal Electrical Engineer, I’ve worked with Altium and Macrofab to help alpha/beta test Altium’s new design-to-manufacturing flow powered by Macrofab.
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.
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.
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!
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 programming. This is only temporary for testing purposes. All of[…]
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 also another day of program tweaking, something that will likely[…]
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, but can process 20x faster than its spin cousin. We’re[…]
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 a song). However, it can process significantly faster, and once[…]
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 on or off We’re still working on trying to mold[…]