Welcome everyone! Let's get started
@Jonathan Hirschman is our host.
re east coast weather: TS emily remnants?
Could you introduce yourself please?
hi everyone! I'm jonathan from PCB:NG
Lucas Coelho Cavalheiro
PCB:NG is what we always wanted from an electronics manufacturer, but didn't exist. So we made it ourselves.
Lutetium There's a sheet for questions: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1flXR8R6X_LdRuYPMMyOYQVae2Da3Z8PPK2gvjjtgx1o/edit#gid=0
which is the proper spelling of "y'all"
that is correct.
OK, so I guess I should start answering questions....
@Jonathan Hirschman what does the NG stands for?
ST:NG ? :)
Jonathan Hirschman Hah. "Next Generation". We found that there's a big overlap between electronics folks and yes, ST:TNG
Jonathan Hirschman Most of our customers get it.
Lutetium Jonathan has an interesting background- could you tell us about it?
when i look at it, i see "pcb-ing" (and sitting)
Jonathan Hirschman Sure, happy to talk about myself :)
Jonathan Hirschman I sold my last business in 2010. I swore that I never wanted to write code or do sysadmin stuffs again.
Jonathan Hirschman And I wanted to learn how make things. Tangible stuff.
So I taught myself some electronics, and then PCB Layout. I got pretty good at it, and was teaching engineers how to do PCB Layout by 2011.
They all had the same questions for me - how to I make my design?
Jonathan Hirschman That led me to just how horrible PCBA is (PCB Assembly).
Jonathan Hirschman So I sarted researching, and by 2014, I was ready to launch the company. Started raising money. That's a fun story :)
wes Hi all!
Lutetium hi Wes
PCB:NG shipped its first order in August 2015. We operated for our first year doing it the dumb way that the rest of the industry does it.
Jonathan Hirschman But we were takin notes and writing software...
Jonathan Hirschman And we launched our beta in July 2016.
Lutetium Let's talk about manufacturing PCBs! There's a few questions that people have on the sheet.
Lutetium sFirst up: How difficult is it to create flexible PCBs for prototyping?
Radomir Dopieralski "we will fix it in software" ;-)
ZiggyInKC "you can't hardware yourself out of a software problem"
Jonathan Hirschman It's very difficult. Anything do to with flexi is difficult and expensive. There are two options...
john701 Maybe you could give an idea of how to start. I've never had a pcb made.
Jonathan Hirschman First is to get something like the BotFactory Squink. So if you have $5k in pocket, that might work for you.
Jonathan Hirschman otherwise, make small PCBs with connectors and string them up with pre-cut FPC.
sako0938 Oh I wish I had that in the bank :)
Jonathan Hirschman Next question?
how to start a first pcb?
0live I'd love to know what you used to teach yourself "some electronics"
darryln could you give an overview of how your assy process works?
James Murphy I'm looking for the Jonathan Hirschman Chat. Is this it?
Lucas Coelho Cavalheiro @Jonathan Hirschman so where is the PCBs manufactured and assembled? (for PCB:NG)
Jonathan Hirschman ok, let me talk about getting started.
Jonathan Hirschman So, best way to make your first PCB is to download some decent, but easy software,...
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