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Advanced Circuits has released version 4.0 of PCB Artist. The free design software offers many features and functionality found in paid PCB design packages without the price tag. PCB Artist includes advanced layout capabilities, a library of over 500,000 components, and free technical support.
New features include:
- Enhanced Powerplane Thermal Controls for full control of connection parameters to plane layers.
- Spiral Wizard to simplify the creation of inductive coils.
- Automatic Component Rename feature for easy organization and modification of reference designators.
- Native Eagle Import of Schematic (.sch), PCB (.brd), and Library (.lbr) files.
About Advanced Circuits
Since 1989, Advanced Circuits has been the leading PCB manufacturer specializing in both prototype and production quantities with in-house prototype assembly capabilities. The company provides powerful PCB solutions that range from the simplest designs to the most rigorous requirements for the medical, commercial, defense, and aerospace marketplace. Advanced Circuits is MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110, AS9100D, ISO 9001 Certified, IPC 6012 3/3A, IPC 6018 Class 3 Qualified, and ITAR Registered as well as being DOD contracts ready. The company is well known for its expedited turn-time capabilities including Same Day and Weekend Turns and the industry’s best on-time shipping record. For more information, click here.
Dave Lackey and Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
The design process is arguably the most important part of the flex circuit procurement process. The decisions made in the design process will have a lasting impact, for better or worse, throughout the manufacturing cycle. In advance of providing important details about the actual construction of the flex circuit, it is of value to provide some sort of understanding of the expected use environment for the finished product.
When I spoke with APCT President Steve Robinson a year ago, he said he was interested in adding flex and rigid-flex capabilities, and working closely with designers and engineers. With the recent acquisition of Cartel and their subsidiary Cirtech, APCT now has a flex and rigidflex facility, along with military and aerospace certifications. At DesignCon 2018, I asked Steve to discuss these acquisitions and what they mean for APCT and their customers.
Kelly Dack, CID+, EPTAC
While I was teaching my CID class for EPTAC in Santa Clara, I learned that we were only a block away from Streamline Circuits. Streamline does a lot of military and aerospace work, as well as communications and industrial electronics. The company manufactures quite a bit of multilayer flex and rigid-flex circuits, in addition to rigid boards. This would make a great field trip for my CID class!