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Circuit Break

a MacroFab Podcast

Parker and Stephen explore topics in engineering each week.

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The Other VCC

We dive into the intricacies of capacitor selection, discussing types of capacitors, their properties, and how different factors affect their performance.

June 7, 2024

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Mislabeled Levels of Hell

We kick off this week with a timely discussion of whether you can cook food on the engine of your car; how hot would your exhaust pipes even need to be?

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Derivative Learning or Mathematical Consequences

The missing submarine near Titanic sparks discussion on using a gamepad, deep sea exploration regulations, and the need for backups in critical systems.

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Screaming into the Social Media Void

AutoDesk is dropping support and development for the dedicated Eagle EDA tool and moving efforts to the AutoDesk Fusion 360 Electronics.

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The Danger Pool

The CHIPS act is driving chip manufacturers like Texas Instruments, TSMC, and Intel to expand in the US, but there's a shortage of engineering manpower.

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Bil Herd - Back Into the Storm

Bil Herd led the hardware design for the Commodore C128 and Plus4 Series of computers in the 1980’s and currently co-hosts a weekly webcast.

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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.

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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.

Crawfish conundrum

Crawfish Conundrum

We discuss the different seasoning, boil and soak times, and building an inexpensive boil pot from materials and supplies Stephen already has.

Countdown to hype

Countdown to Hype

Consider your product in an environment that will actively destroy the semiconductors. We'll dip our toes into Radiation exposure for electronics!

Starting from the beginning

Starting From The Beginning

When did you start listening to the podcast? Have a favorite episode? Let Stephen and Parker know which is your favorite.

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From Zero to Hero in Python

Python software language, more and more electrical engineering jobs are requiring this as a skill set but is it just snake oil?

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Brandon Sander of Inheritance Machining

Brandon Sander of Inheritance Machining joins to discuss restoring old machining tools, drafting manufacturing plans by hand and more.

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Full Stack Manufacturing - David and Joel of Teenage Engineering

Joel and David of Teenage Engineering discuss how Teenage Engineering was formed and how their unique view of design influences the manufacturing process.

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The POD-Ganizer

Stephen gets an upgrade in his electronics lab with a new multimeter, A Fluke 87V! We break down Stephen’s old meter vs the new Fluke.

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Riley Hall - Can Fictiv Make Beef Flags?

This week, Riley Hall of Fictiv joins the podcast to discuss how Fictiv connects engineers and designers to job and machining shops.

Making money the hard way

Making Money the Hard Way

The US Mint Denver produces 30 million coins a day. Denes, the tooling department manager, discusses with us how production at this scale functions.

Yeti job hunt

The Yeti Job Hunt

Stephen is on the hunt for the next step in his electrical engineering career and shares the shifts in the industry and what employers are looking for.

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The Thermal Hum of the Universe

Relay manufactures hate this one simple trick that makes your “sealed” relays last longer! Except TE connectivity who has an note about this relay feature.

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Vapor Wave Reflow

How do you shop for automated electronic assembly machines that cost upwards of a quarter million dollars?

Laser cutting tolerancing

Laser Cutting Tolerancing

They may be known for being electrical engineers but on this episode, Parker and Stephen dig into the more mechanical aspects of their current projects

Lets segway into the next topic

Let’s Segway into the Next Topic

AI and ChatGPT have been in the news about how it will change world views or will it be relegated, making sure NPCs in video games don’t repeat dialog?

Product of many imaginations

Product of Many Imaginations

MacroFab's Misha Govshteyn and Chris Church check in with Parker and Stephen to give his take on supply chains, nearshoring and reshoring.

Breadboarding for success

Breadboarding for Success

This week we are talking about Breadboards. Is breadboarding a circuit or design still applicable in today's SMT component dominated world?

It is 2023 why does footprint design still suck

It is 2023, Why Does Footprint Design Still Suck?

Why is there such a disconnect between component datasheet drawings and EDA footprint layout tools? Stephen and Parker dive into this on this podcast.

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