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Super Simple Power Supply “SSPS” Design (Part 1)

After adding feature after feature that we would like to see in a power supply, the initial design ended up being anything from simple.

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How Manufacturing APIs Enable Frictionless Fulfillment

If you want to take the friction out of getting your products to customers, look for an integrated fulfillment partner that uses manufacturing APIs.

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Now With Multi-Layer and PCB Customization!

We're pleased to announce our next big feature release: support for multi-layer boards and customized PCB options.

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Fiducials are Fun!

Fiducials, also known as fids or fiducial marks, let pick and place machines know the orientation of your circuit board. Read why this is important now.

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Plated Slots: Stop Fitting Square Pegs in Round Holes

Plated slots are non-circular in shape and can accept pins with less open space to solder. Find out when you should use them over plated through-holes.

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Smashing Text in Eagle’s Symbol Editor

By default Eagle does not allow you to change the font on symbols for parts. Here's a quick ULP script that copies the pin names on the symbol.


Introducing Version 2 of the MacroFab Cloud API

Our latest API release provides even greater access to the PCB manufacturing and assembly process.

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What’s on the Board?


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The DRC is Your Friend

Using a DRC (design rule check) will automatically review design decisions and flag issues. This can save time and headaches.

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Partnering With Techstars

When we started MacroFab in 2013, we knew that electronics manufacturing was a challenge for many new hardware start-ups: Parker and I were coming fro

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Handling Silkscreen Over Component Pads

Silkscreen over component pads can lead to solder flow issues and result in a bad joint. Find out how to avoid this issue

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Integrate Manufacturing, Inventory, and Fulfillment

Getting your product manufactured is the first step in creating happy customers, but what to do now that you've got hundreds, or even thousands of pro

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Optimizing Component Selection in PCBA Manufacturing

Making the correct component decisions for your PCBA product can be challenging.


Welcome Crowd Supply

Creating, running, and fulfilling a successful crowdfunding campaign has proven to be a challenge for both novice entrepreneurs and established compan

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New House Parts up Component Availability 04/2015

MacroFab announces our new house parts list. These parts can reduce your design cost and ensure component availability for manufacture.


Real-Time Manufacturing Updates in Your Inbox

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what was happening with your order the second it happened?

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Controlling USB Bus Voltage with the FT230X

The FT230X supports controlling a P-Channel mosfet for high side power control.

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DIP Sockets and a More Manageable Manufacturing Process

Use this handy workaround to ensure DIP sockets and other through-hole parts have all the necessary information for placement and BOM.


Making Services for Maker Communities

We are on the cusp of a new world of electronics development, where no longer are large markets and huge financial investments prerequisites to ideas


A Holistic Approach to Electronics Manufacturing Services

One of the primary reasons why we started MacroFab was that we found that electronics manufacturing partners who were both interested in, and capable of,

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FT_Prog and Programming the FT230X

I mentioned FT-Prog in my last blog post. FT-Prog is a utility to program the EEPROM on FTDI devices.

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USB UART Interface on the Cheap

With USB interfaces on microcontroller devices a USB connection always adds significant cost to the design.

About MacroFab

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