In a recent survey, we asked the following question: What do you think is the most important thing a designer should remember when planning a new PCB design? Here are a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.
The ODB format originated with the objective of delivering on this need. The format was originally introduced for use by PCB fabricators, eliminating the need for a collection of CAM files in multiple formats—such as Gerber, Excellon, IPC-356, or even IPC-350, which was an early attempt to simplify this process. The key to the success of ODB was that it obtained industry acceptance.
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Traversing the Design Landscape with Hartley and Creeden, a conversation with Rick Hartley and Mike Creeden
Digi-Key on Adapting to the Changing Industry Landscape, Part 2, a conversation with Chris Beeson
Lee Ritchey on the Direction of PCB Design, a conversation with Lee Ritchey
The Landscape of the Design Community, by Andy Shaughnessy
Flex Design: Know Your Applications, a conversation with Kelly Dack
The State of Flex Design, by Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007