MacroFab Engineering Podcast

MacroFab's Engineering Podcast! Where Electrical Engineers, Parker Dillmann and Stephen Kraig talk about electrical engineering topics, DIY projects, and industry news. Sometimes cool people stop by the podcast to drop some knowledge.


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USB-C will be mandatory for phones sold in the EU ‘by autumn 2024’

  • The rule will apply to other electronic devices including tablets, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles, and e-readers
  • Laptops will have to comply with the rule at a later date
    • What about laptops and devices that fall out of the 100W?
    • USB “Extended Power Range” or EPR for 240W of power
      • More Voltage 48V from 20V as max, still 5A
      • Are there any USB Type-C connectors rated for the 48V yet?

Stretching Stainless Stencils? PART 2

  • Continuation of last weeks topic
  • Ended up being that ? of the panels had poor copper registration from the PCB manufacturer

Project: SNACKEY

  • PCBs ordered from OshPark
  • Parts ordered from Mouser
  • Drop in Mosfets to replace TIP 102 and TIP 107?
    • IRL510 for N-channel
    • IXTP76P10T for P-channel

Time to Say Goodbye, Floppotron 2.0

  • The stack of floppy drives, harddrives, and scanners is finally being put to rest after 6 years
  • Supposively Floppotron 3.0 is coming soon though!
  • The Floppotron: Doom E1M1 - At Doom's Gate

Prep your boards!

  • Some things to consider when preparing your designs to send to your CM
    • Part placement
    • Edge is the wrong place to put parts for many many reasons
    • Leave room for fiducials
    • Provide a Stackup - we are regularly asked for that
    • File naming - use a common naming system or provide info on which files are which
    • Do no provide every layer your EDA tool exports, some are blank!