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58 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2022 Designing with manufacturing, rather than for manufacturing is much more than a buzz word. New materials and processes, and new and developing design rules make collabo- rating with your PCB fabricator a necessity more than ever before. I sat down with Mer- edith LaBeau, CTO of Calumet, to learn her thoughts about bringing a new technology to commercialization and the importance of PCB designers working closely with their preferred fabricators to be most successful when imple- menting designs with feature sizes previously not available. Tara Dunn: Meredith, you and the Calumet team are leading the North American market in next-generation PCB fabrication technolo- gies, enabling a much-needed capability for your customers, and I am excited to dig into that for our readers. First, please provide a lit- tle background on yourself and Calumet Elec- tronics for those who are not yet familiar. Meredith LaBeau: anks, Tara. Calumet Electron- ics is a domestic printed circuit board fabr icator located in Upper Michi- gan. Started in 1968, Calu- met Electronics has a long history of manufacturing PCBs, along with developing solutions that are needed by customers in defense, medical, aero- space, and industrial controls. In addition, for the past nine years, we have been on a journey to rapidly improve technology to provide a beacon Is DWM Just Another Buzzword? PCB Talk Feature Column by Tara Dunn, AVERATEK

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