The PCB Design Magazine


Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 19 of 65

20 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2017 by Andy Shaughnessy I-CONNECT007 Twenty-five years ago, Tom "Flexdude" Woznicki got laid off. A lot of people did, back during the mini-recession that helped bring Bill Clinton into the White House. So, he launched his own flex circuit design bureau and never looked back. Since then, he's designed flex cir- cuitry for everything under the sun, including the Mars Rover; the flex circuits he designed are visible in many of the Rover photos. I ran into Tom at DesignCon 2017 and we discussed the benefits of flex circuits, the expansion of the flex market, and his company's first quarter- century in operation. Andy Shaughnessy: I'm here with Tom Woznicki of the Flex Circuit Design Company. Tom Woznicki: Guess what we do! Shaughnessy: And you're the founder… Woznicki: Founder, owner, president, janitor, maintenance guy, all rolled into one. Andy, it's good to see you. Shaughnessy: You too, Tom. Give us a brief back- ground on the company. Woznicki: We've been a service bureau that spe- cializes in flex circuit design and this is our 25th year in business. It started back in 1992 when I got laid off from Rogers Corporation. You know, necessity is the mother of adventure and inven- tion. I was a technical sales engineer for Rogers and they went through a re-organization and I got laid off. But I had been taking some CAD courses at night on the side because I'm a me- chanical engineer by education. I thought I'd find my millions in technical sales. I fell into some design work and said, "I think I can do this," and hung out a shingle and here we are 25 years later. Shaughnessy: And you were using tools that were in no way designed for flex right? Woznicki: Well, no actually. Back then Rogers was associated with Smart Flex. I don't know if you remember Smart Flex, but the designer at Rogers was using AutoCAD to design flex cir- cuits. So I had taken a course in AutoCAD. I ad- mit, a company who is still headquartered here, "Flexdude" Tom Woznicki Celebrates Company's 25 th Anniversary FEATURE INTERVIEW

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of The PCB Design Magazine - PCBD-Mar2017