Patty's Perspective: From Start to Finish


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I could also say, "From Beginning to End," though that is not quite the same meaning. Our topic this month is "From Design Through Final Product" as it pertains to flexible and rigid-flex circuits. Because designing a circuit to fit in the envisioned space and perform as intended can be far from simple or obvious—but you already know that. In fact, not being a designer, I can’t imagine designing a simple circuit, let alone one that must bend or fold into a shape and space that may be just an idea in an inventor’s mind.

But of course, it is done every day by many of our readers. Is it easy for you? Our goal in this issue is to provide insights into how best to accomplish the seemingly daunting task—and with a new and different design each time. A lot of it boils down to one factor: work with your supplier and customer. You are a team, and you need to think and work together as a team with one goal: an elegantly designed product produced in a reasonable time at a reasonable cost (or at least a reasonable future cost).

Interested in some good advice? Read on!

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