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- Chris got to hang out with Jeff Keyzer while in Seattle (he was on the show!)
- There were other podcasts recording at ToorCamp. Past guest Alvaro of the Unnamed Reverse Engineering podcast was recording and the Darknet Diaries were also there.
- Dave has been working on Custom LCDs. They were delivered and Dave got them tested.
- Scotty from Strangeparts visited the JLC board house
- PCBshopper is where we normally point people to find a good board house.
- Dave made a “How to panelize” video
- KiCad has an append tool
- Chris tried out a gerber based tool called FAB3000
- There’s a tool that is open by a company called “This is not rocket science”
- Chris will be using the NeoDen4 at mHUB
- Chris will be giving a KiCad workshop at the Hardware Hacking Village at DEF CON
- This will be similar to the 4.0 version of Getting to Blinky
- 7/18/2018 5:51 PM
- eMeter teardown by YouTuber called “Play with junk”
- KiCad 5 is on the way
- It is able to read in EAGLE files, Chris was discussing OBD++
- Altium crippling Circuit Maker with a random sleep timer?
- Looks like Upverter will be taking over in the future anyway
- Adafruit released CircuitPython 3
- The US tariff on Chinese electronics and equipment went into effect on July 6th.
- This was partially in response to stolen IP from Micron technologies
- The Macrofab podcast had a good discussion on it and an article explaining how it might affect you.
- Past guest Bunnie Huang also wrote about how this will impact hardware designers
- Want to learn more about digital logic? Play the NAND game!
- There’s a new hacking game out called ExaPunks, made by the company of former guest Zach Barth (makers of Shenzhen I/O)
- Mel Chua wrote about education for deaf engineers and the difficulties of teaching engineering in sign language
- The Hackaday Superconference was announced! Submit a proposal to a great hw con
- Arm may have been playing dirty with a site about the RISC-V instruction set. It has since been taken down and was hopefully a misunderstanding.
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I have heard the eMeter described as “An electronic placebo”.
We use FAB3000 at work, such an awesome program to view/edit Gerbers.
Had a few customers who didn’t have access to the PCB design file and wanted us to: generate an NC Drill file, move a hole/pad, update the board rev text, and panelize the board. All very easily done with FAB3000
Andrei Chichak says
Tariff Updates: July 16, 2018
Dear Valued Customer,
As many of you are aware, the United States and China have been in a trade dispute resulting in a 25% tariff on certain products originating from China effective July 6, 2018. While the situation is still ongoing, we are working closely with our manufacturer partners to identify the affected products. To see a current list of the HTS codes affected by the tariff, please reference the list from United States Trade Relations here.
Unfortunately, due to the increases being passed on to Allied, prices on many of our products will be increased to reflect the additional charges related to the tariffs. We will only increase the price of products in the instances where the increases have been incurred by Allied. Rather than allocating these tariffs to a separate line-item charge, we will be including the cost of the tariffs in the unit price when applicable. This allows our customers to see the true cost of the products through all of our channels, and should serve to simplify your ordering, receiving, and accounting processes.
As we continue to work with our manufacturers on identifying affected products, we will keep you updated on the impacts of the tariffs to you and your business. This is a very fluid situation. To date, we have heard from a limited number of manufacturers and expect to hear from more in the coming weeks.
Allied Electronics & Automation
Andrei from The Great White North
matt holland says
Chris, ODB++ is an alternative to the Gerber format, not PCB tool specific. Created by mentor iirc.
Some PCB fabs really prefer ODB++ to gerber and will give you a tooling discount if you use it. I’ve encountered this with both European and Chinese fabs.