MacroFab Engineering Podcast #180
Chrissy Meyer and Personal Errata Datasheets
The Simplest SMT Component… In The World
Stephen’s CNC steps closer to being completed! Parker receives a newsletter that has the simplest SMT component in the world.
Taking Pictures with Magnetic Flux
Two major topics this week! Major Box Truck updates and a flashback when Parker was introduced to digital photography through the Sony MVC-FD5.
We discuss the different seasoning, boil and soak times, and building an inexpensive boil pot from materials and supplies Stephen already has.
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- Has spent the past decade taking hardware products from early concept through high-volume production
- Received a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford
- Led several projects at Apple and Square
- Founding team member at Pearl Automation, a vehicle technology startup
- Developed products that have shipped tens of millions of units
- Spent over a year on the ground in Asia working closely with manufacturers and suppliers
- Recently joined Root Ventures, a seed-stage hard tech venture capital firm, as a partner
- At Root, Chrissy invests in deeply technical teams that are solving problems in robotics, hardware, industrial automation, AI, and machine learning
- Engineering – scripting for military applications
- Project Management
- Large Scale Manufacturing
Very High volume manufacturing
- What do you need to consider?
- The path from nothing to something
- Test runs?
- Testing and Validation
- Every unit? Batch? First Article?
- What do you do with failed units?
Working with Tier 1 Manufacturers
- How do you get started and what do you need to know?
- Pet peeves of Manufacturing
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About the Hosts
Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.
In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.
In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.
Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.
Stephen Kraig began his electronics career by building musical oriented circuits in 2003. Stephen is an avid guitar player and, in his down time, manufactures audio electronics including guitar amplifiers, pedals, and pro audio gear. Stephen graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!