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MAY 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 57 By sharing our vision, I hope that any print- ed board design engineer excited by the ideas put forth in the preceding paragraphs consid- ers donating their time and talent to be part of the competition planning committee, a future competition judge, or a competitor. I look forward to sharing future updates on IPC Design here. If you have any questions, or if you would like to get in contact with me re- garding the international printed board design competition, please email me at PatrickCraw- DESIGN007 Patrick Crawford is the manager of design programs and related industry programs at IPC and will provide up- dates on IPC Design activities in this column series. unteers who can help with designs and field questions. Travel restrictions permitting, final- ists will then be invited to defend their designs during an in-person event at industry events in key regions around the world. As an example of one of these challenges, a professional challenge might consist of the library creation, mechanical creation, com- ponent placement, setup of constraints, rout- ing, and generation of an IPC-2581 output for a 10-layer high-speed complex board based on IPC Class-2 standards. The competitors would be given four weeks to complete this challenge and then submit their design for judgment by a panel of industry expert judges. Third, to complete their challenges, we would like to make sure that design engineers can use the design tool of their choice and are seeking and establishing relationships with tool vendors to accomplish this. BAE Systems recently made the following statement re- garding their efforts against COVID-19: All of our industri- al-scale 3D printers are now producing face shields, with supplies being delivered every day, directly to frontline medical staff around the UK. Our smaller scale 3D printers are also coming online to support the PPE effort, produc- ing face shields at a smaller volume as well as innovative "door claws" that help care homes reduce the spread of infection through door handles. To rapidly increase the numbers arriving on the front- line, we are sourcing tens of thou- sands of additional face shields through our suppliers. Together with our 3D printed face shields, we have delivered more than 24,000 units to date, with another 40,000 due to arrive in the next week to lo- cal communities in Bristol, Glasgow, London, Kent, Manchester, Ports- mouth, Preston and Southampton. Richard Hamilton, Manufacturing and Support Director at BAE Sys- tems, said, "Employees across our air, maritime and electronic sys- tems sectors, as well as our suppliers, are all rallying to play their part in the national endeavour as we work to- gether to ramp up and further increase the supply of vital protective equipment to the frontline. "As a result of everyone's collective efforts, we've been able to respond to requests to send equipment directly to medical staff in our local communities working in GP surgeries, the ambulance service and hospices, as well sending supplies to NHS hospitals and trusts." (Source: BAE Systems) BAE Ramping Up Efforts to Deliver PPE to NHS Frontline

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