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August 2015 • The PCB Design Magazine 65 istic electronic gadgets were piquing his interest right now. 6 Rigid-Flex PCB Right the First Time—Without Paper Dolls The biggest problem with designing rigid-flex hybrid PCBs is making sure everything will fold in the right way, while maintaining good flex-circuit stability and lifespan. The next big problem to solve is the con- veyance of the design to a fabricator who will clearly understand the design intent and therefore produce exactly what the designer/engineer intended. 7 The Art of Bending and Forming PCBs Flexible circuits are designed to be bendable, but bending rigid PCBs is a little unusual. However, many applications that do not use flex circuit technology will also require bending and forming the circuit. some of these applications use high-frequency cir- cuit materials to create a circuit in a form that enables improved antenna functionality. Another application involves wrapping a circuit around a structure, which sometimes functions as an antenna as well. 8 DownStream Releases New Versions of Industry-Leading Products Downstream Technologies has released new ver- sions of their industry-leading PCB post-process- ing solutions, BluePrint-PCB, CAM350, and DFM- stream. The releases include many new features and performance improvements designed to help users post-process PCB designs and create and dis- tribute all the deliverables required for a complete PCB assembly release package. 9 Cirexx Installs UCAMCO Integr8tor Software Cirexx international has acquired and installed the uCAMCo integr8tor pre-CAM software. This software package affords the user faster and more accurate information for quoting and front-end engineering. With the integra- tor tool, Cirexx is not only able to process more quotes, more quickly, but with a greater degree of confidence in having identified all of the chal- lenging attributes of printed circuit fabrication build. J The Past, Present, and Future of IPC-A-610 since 1983, iPC-A-610, Acceptability of elec- tronic Assemblies, has been the standard used by organizations interested in understanding the acceptability criteria for electronic assem- blies around the world. To understand the ul- timate power of iPC-A-610, you need to first understand what is at the core of this stan- dard. iPC-A-610 is a collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for electronic assem- blies. for the latest circuit design news and information —anywhere, anytime. August 2015 • The PCB Design Magazine 65

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