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8 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2023 PCB designers are proud of their indepen- dent streak; this is one of the few careers in which being labeled "off-grid" is considered a resumé enhancement. Designers all have their own little tips and tricks for designing boards, and this trait carries all the way to the material selection process. As we learned in a recent Design007 Maga- zine survey, when it comes to choosing the right material for their board, our readers are about evenly split. Almost 30% of respondents said they always consult IPC's slash sheets dur- ing the material selection process. One-third said they sometimes use slash sheets in their decision-making progress, but 39% said they never utilize slash sheets. Once again, it all comes down to data. ere just isn't one document that contains all the information that a designer needs to consider when selecting a PCB material. is is why so The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 A New Materials Paradigm

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