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Today Octopart announced what I think is a really valuable tool. The Common Parts Library We worked with Sam and Janine over at Octopart and helped them identify popular, and more importantly, readily available parts to build a common parts library. This will be a library of components that are known to be well stocked at distributors and perhaps even your contract manufacturer (like us). What will make this library particularly...

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Tessel Manufacturing

Tessel Manufacturing


Posted By on May 14, 2014

Here’s a video we put together to show the Tessel being manufactured at our site in South Deerfield, MA. http://youtu.be/KiD3BK56GrI

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We are so excited to finally be able to announce that WAi and CircuitHub have partnered together to change the way circuit boards get assembled. The short version is, you can head over to CircuitHub.com and have your BOM, PCB, and Assembly quoted instantly via CircuitHub’s app. CircuitHub handles all of the ordering and logistics for you and boards just arrive at your door. But it goes much much deeper than that. Here’s...

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Fascinating video of how the original NeXT Cube’s circuit board was made. It’s actually a fairly good explanation of how SMT manufacturing is still done today. It is a little different (and much faster) but all the basics are there. What’s so interesting to me is how far ahead of their time these manufacturing engineers were. They had 3-dimensional solder paste inspection in the 80′s. That’s amazing. 3D...

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Ok, I confess. Sometimes we do make mistakes. As much as I hate to admit it, it does happen. For example, we’ve seen headers not fully seated to the board. They’re a little bit crooked or one edge is touching the PCB, while the other edge is so far up in the air that you can’t even see the pin protruding through the other side of the board. Other times, you have an edge connector that needs to protrude through a...

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Link: The Hardware Revolution Is Upon Us And Why It Matters Excellent article from venture capitalist firm True Ventures. We’re seeing more and more investment in small businesses that are trying out new hardware ideas. Finally the venture capitalist world is waking up to this. There’s so much I could say about this but True Ventures has already said it so...

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