PCB123 Newsletter – April 2016 RAW TEXT

PCB123® NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2016 April PCB123® Newsletter Let me start off by assuring you that there is absolutely NO April Fool’s joke in this PCB123® Newsletter. With all sincerity, we’re pleased to give our PCB123 user base some advanced notice of an exciting upcoming update to PCB123 that, we think, you’re going to love. Version 5.3 is moving to customer beta test as I write this newsletter, and should make its debut for download in the next few weeks or so. What’s got us so excited about Version 5.3 is the expanded ordering options. Historically, PCB123 has directed all designs to Sunstone’s PCBExpress® service, which meant you were limited to the parameters of the product. Getting a PCB123 order with more features (PCBpro®) or more value priced (ValueProto®) was something we could do, but it required a call to Sunstone Customer Service, or ordering outside of the tool. Not anymore. With the new V5.3, you will be able to upload your PCB123 design and have the entire range of options available to choose from. Later in this newsletter, we discuss a User Forum topic in which a design choice triggers a warning message: “Warning: Non-plated hole too large. Reduce to 150 mils or order Full Feature”. As you starting using V5.3, these types of design “speedbumps” will start going away, for good. Sunstone has completely rebuilt the back-office ordering environment, which gives PCB123 V5.3 complete access to all the manufacturing capabilities – and lead times – available at Sunstone. Period. You’ll be able to get online quoting based not only on board quantity but also on preferred lead time. With PCB123 V5.3, you’ll be able to design more complex, more compact, and more cost-effective boards, with choices to go Pro, Value, or Express. We can’t wait to release V5.3 to the world! Coming soon, no fooling! Nolan Johnson CAD/EDA Manager Get the Most out of PCB123 The Online User Forum at Sunstone Circuits® allows design engineers to interact with one another, exchange tips and discuss important industry topics, as well as interact directly with Sunstone staff. Take a look at a few of the topics that Sal Hernandez has chosen for your review. • Understanding the component overlap warning. • How to fix DRC “Pad to pad” error. • Understanding the Isolated Pin Error message. • Warning: Non-plated hole too large. Reduce to 150 mils or order Full Feature. We hope you find this information useful. We always appreciate suggestions from readers on topics to cover here. Don’t hesitate to send us your ideas. What’s New at Sunstone? Sunstone Circuits® has added Electroless Nickel Immersion Gold (ENIG) to its growing suite of PCB solutions. By adding this process in house, Sunstone will be able to decrease the minimum lead time from 1 week to a 2 day minimum on PCBpro® Full Feature orders as well as having more control over pricing. Do You Know the Power of PCB123? PCB123 is a free-distribution*, industrial strength CAD tool, complete with tightly-integrated layout design and schematic capture, 3D modeling of the design, and a sophisticated parts Bill of Materials tool. PCB123 provides a library of over 750,000 ready-to-use parts. Many of these parts include Digi-Key part numbers so you can check pricing and availability through our Live BOM feature. PCB123 is easy to use and trusted by both hobbyists and professionals. PCB123 users can be found at institutions like: MIT; Qualcomm; Intel; and Honeywell. Visit the PCB123 page to learn more. *Why do we make the tool free to use? Because not all PCB designers have access to the funds needed to buy a PCB CAD tool. And just because a PCB CAD tool is free to use, doesn’t mean it’s easy to turn that design into fabricated boards at a fair price. Sunstone offers both through PCB123 and our PCBexpress board service. Send us your fab files from any CAD tool and we can build it for you; need a CAD tool? That shouldn’t stop you – use ours for free. Your complete PCB123 order will ship from Sunstone to meet the expected delivery date or we will automatically refund your money, plain and simple. Why Sunstone? • Industry leading prototype to production PCB solutions provider for over 40 years • Easiest online quoting & ordering in the industry • Real 100% on-time, money back guarantee • Best overall quality, value and competitive pricing • Customer support staff available via phone and online, 24/7/365 • Design for Manufacturability Tool: DFMplus • Fully supported and free PCB123® design software • Integrated assembly services • Free ground shipping • PCBs as low as $28 with ValueProto® • Expanded capabilities through Custom Quote You received this email because you signed up to receive email communications about Sunstone Circuits product technologies. Unsubscribe | Edit Profile | Privacy Policy Visit our site at www.sunstone.com