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New Inventory Features Streamline Material Management at MacroFab

A display of some new features for the platform that enhances the the management of inventory and material at MacroFab.

April 16, 2024

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3D Printed PCBs Are On the Horizon

The electronics manufacturing industry will soon be able to leverage 3D printing to change the way that products are built, tested, & delivered

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Simplifying the PCB Ordering Process

We’re always looking for new ways to make the PCB ordering process more efficient. Our system automatically analyzes the silkscreen, paste data, and....

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How to Get Your First PCB Prototype Manufactured

There’s a first time for everything, but first times can be tough. To help, we’ve put together this guide on getting from idea to PCB prototype.

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What are Wearables, and Where Did the “Best” Ones Go?

Life after Google Glass and the rise of Snap. While it is too early to predict what form wearable technology will take, the possibilities are endless.

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7 Ways to Set Yourself Up for PCB Design Success

The 7 best ways we've found to cut your PCB design time, reduce spins, and make life a lot easier on yourself. Enjoy and happy designing.

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The Internet of Things Brings a New Era of Manufacturing

A new age is about to dawn for the manufacturing industry. Technologies related to the Internet of Things are paving the way for smart manufacturing.

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PCB Assembly – Infrequently Asked Questions

If you want to get the most out of your relationship, these are some questions that you really should ask every PCB assembly partner you consider.


Picking the Right Trace Width

For routing a PCB, there are important characteristics to consider when choosing the trace width.

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The 6 Stages of Turnkey PCB Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing partners need to provide more than PCB manufacturing. That’s why the best partners offer turnkey PCB manufacturing in 6 steps.

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Answers to 9 Common Questions about PCB Assembly

Fortunately for today’s inventors, there has been a move away from the old PCB assembly approach to a new more flexible and responsive model.

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Using a Silicon Labs EFM8 IC for your hardware project

This article will cover the hardware aspect of using the EFM8 series of microcontrollers from Silicon Labs.

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Getting started with Tag-Connect on an AVR MCU

An AVR MCU example board using the Tag-Connect TC2030 cable for programming.

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Designing for Pogo Pin Programming Cables

An introduction into pogo pin programming cables and their usefulness in prototyping and low volume manufacturing using Tag-Connect cables.

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New MacroFab House Parts – Pin Headers (Sept. 2016)

We've expanded our House Parts to include single row pin headers.

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Printed Circuit Board Manufacturers Are Changing the Game

Printed circuit board manufacturers have changed the way they operate to embrace modern and innovative approaches like the products they manufacture.

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What Books, Music and Prototyping Manufacturing Share

The same forces that democratized book and music publishing are now at play in the world of prototyping manufacturing.

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Adding External Libraries, DRCs or CAM Files to Eagle

This article will discuss the process of adding part libraries and DRC rule files to KiCad.

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From Garage to Global: The Startup Guide to PCBA Manufacturing

When do you know your startup's tech idea is ready for manufacture? And what are the steps to get you to a finished design?

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Lessons to Learn from Lean Manufacturing

The principles of Lean manufacturing offer helpful guidance for any type of commercial endeavor, no matter how big or small.

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How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Manufacturing Industry

Crowdfunding has created strong demand for low volume manufacturing, made in America, with quick turn -around times, and reasonable prices.

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Adding external Part Libraries, DRCs, and CAM files to Diptrace

This article will discuss the process of adding part libraries and DRC rule files to Diptrace.


Escaping BGAs - Methods of Routing Traces from BGA Footprints

In this post we will discuss methods of routing traces from BGA footprints and how to determine the necessary layer count of your board.

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Super Simple Power Supply “SSPS” Design (Part 3)

We've created the first functioning prototype of the super simple power supply and will see some initial performance tests.

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Unlocking Your Startup Success: PCBA Prototyping Made in America

If you are new to the world of manufacturing and you need a PCBA prototype for your new business venture, you might have questions.

About MacroFab

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Experience the future of EMS manufacturing with our state-of-the-art technology platform and cutting-edge digital supply chain solutions. At MacroFab, we ensure that your electronics are produced faster, more efficiently, and with fewer logistic problems than ever before.

Take advantage of AI-enabled sourcing opportunities and employ expert teams who are connected through a user-friendly technology platform. Discover how streamlined electronics manufacturing can benefit your business by contacting us today.