Is it Time to Toss the Pizza Cutter?

The top five reasons manufacturers are turning to UV laser PCB depaneling.

Does it bother you that you’re using a depaneling tool commonly referred to as a pizza cutter when you’re working on sophisticated PCBs populated with highly sensitive components for military, aerospace, or other precision high tech applications?  We thought so. The mechanical stress to the board alone and its impact on yield percentage and quality drives designers and production managers crazy. But your CFO has suggested a UV laser PCB depaneling machine isn’t justified. So you’re left with little choice other than to rely on basic depaneling processes utilizing punches, routers, saws and even your bare hands.

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Proprietary PCB Software: The Catch of Free Design Tools

You don’t have to look far to find a PCB fabrication house that offers a free design package as an incentive. On the surface, these packages seem to be a great deal. They boast features that include extensive part libraries, integrated design schematics, and easy-to-use board creation wizards. And instead of paying hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for your design software, you pay nothing.

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Musing: What Could You do With Four Days?

Sometimes when you are working so close to something it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that matter. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon a survey LPKF ran in 2012.

Circulated amongst LPKF in-house PCB prototyping users, 86.5% of the poll’s respondents stated they save four days or more per project when compared to their experiences with outsourced PCB prototyping methods. FOUR days! That’s a lot of time!

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A PCB at Any Hour

PCB_any_hour_1How Team Boom Done Used an LPKF PCB Prototyping System to Assist the FIRST Robotics Competition 

What do you do when you need a printed circuit board at 1 AM? If you’re a member of Team Boom Done, you fire up your LPKF ProtoMat S103 and get things done. But just how does one arrive at such a predicament? Let me tell the tale.

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