There is a new contest over open-electronics.org for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer. Just show the OSHW community what you can do with your printer and get ready to win great gifts. The competition is intended to reward both people more gifted in technical/design, and those with artistic talent who, with their experience, are able to obtain from the files available on the Internet, objects that are perfect from an architectural, design or creativity point of view.
Thus here is this 3Drag Competition, reserved for those who possess a 3Drag or a Velleman K8200 3D printer (based on the same design).
Nowadays it’s plenty of this machines: in fact, thanks to the collaboration with Velleman, the 3Drag (recoded as K8200) had a widespread distribution throughout the world, spreading among students, hobbyists, new artisans, creating new skills and new job opportunities.
Contest for people who bought the 3Drag or K82003 printer - [Link]
If you are looking for datasheets online you may try DatasheetLib.com datasheet library. DatasheetLib offers a huge selection of datasheets on a well designed webiste and without the need to register an account. The website aims to help you find the right datasheet and display it on your browser or download it in PDF format with a minimum of mouse clicks and without annoying advertisements or popups. Once you are on the site use the search function to look for your datasheet. All you need to do is type in the required item’s name, and DatasheetLib will immediately start displaying relevant suggestions as you type. Then choose your datasheet from the list and you go straight to the preview page. The online preview looks fairly intuitive and handles everything well in a distraction-free environment. Each of the datahsheet page is displayed on a thumbnail and you can easily switch between pages clicking on it. Additional, there are related datasheets suggestion on bottom of the page. DatasheetLib.com does a great job in facilitating datasheet search among millions of them and it does it with ease and for free. We suggest you to take a look by yourself.
DatasheetLib.com – Find & Download Electronic Component Datasheets - [Link]
Expanding of international company SOS electronic in B2B segment of industry led to the fusion with a strong strategic investor – company named Conrad. SOS electronic is a distributor of electronic components for industrial production which operates in 5 European countries with the focus on Central and East Europe (CEE).
1st July 2013, Košice, Slovakia, Hirschau, Germany – In order to strengthen the expansion of electronic components distribution to the industrial production of company, SOS electronic acceded to an acquisition with a strong partner – Conrad.
Conrad is expanding its business strategy to create a new segment of industrial customers and to expand its product portfolio and services for this segment. This acquisition occurred also in order that SOS electronic as a company established in this area helped in expanding this strategy.
Conrad joined SOS electronic not only as an investor but mainly as a partner…
Holger Ruban, director of Conrad Business supplies, comments on the acquisition: ” „The Conrad Group will benefit from SOS electronic’s 22 years experience with industrial customers. People from SOS bring us valuable know-how which we can use together in the field of marketing, purchasing and sales for our strategy of building a new customer’s segment.“
SOS electronic as a company and brand will stay independent and will still be strengthened. Nothing will change in the method of ordering, deliveries, our pricing policy or any kind of communication with our customers and our company will still carry out all of the duties under the SOS electronic heading. The dismissal of staff is not planned. However, the opposite is true. In the future, the new investments to support Eastern European markets are planned. Read the rest of this entry »
- CircuitLab – Design and Simulation
- PartSim – Design and Simulation
- Do Circuits – Design and Simulation
- iSchematics – Design and Simulation
- Scheme-It – Schematic Capture
- ACES Online Circuit Maker – Schematic Capture
- datasheets.com – Parts Selection
- PartBuyer - Parts Selection
- Octopart – Parts Selection
- Findchips – Parts Selection
- Partstat – Parts Selection
- IC Master – Parts Selection
- EEM – Parts Selection
- Analog Devices parametric search – Parts Selection
- Microchip Advanced Parts Selector (MAPS) – Parts Selection
- Webench – Parts Selection
- PowerCAD – Parts Selection
- PowerEsim – Parts Selection
Free online design, simulation, parts search tools - [Link]
Here is a list on EDN of top 25 global electronics component distributors along with market share of each one.
Top 25 global electronics component distributors - [Link]
Tom Hausherr’s blog is dealing with component package technology and libraries standards and providing lots of great and clear information. If you are designing your own libraries for your next project you definatelly have to check it out!
Tom Hausherr’s Blog - [Link]
A new PCB design web application was released this last week called PCBWeb. The website states that PCBWeb is a free browser-based CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware. The tool is currently released in BETA and allows you to create a schematic, full circuit board layout, and then export to gerber format for manufacturing. The application is supported on Windows and Mac using Silverlight.
- Multi-sheet schematics
- Custom Ports
- Digi-Key Part Library (+100K components with symbol and footprints)
- Cut/Copy/Past and full undo/redo
- Multi-layer board
- Support for all units (mm/inch)
- copper pour
- DRC (design rule checking)
- Gerber Export
Bill of Material Manager
- View real-time pricing
- Order Links
PCBWeb – Free Online PCB Design Software - [Link]
Over 500 courses from the world’s leading universities – right at your fingertips.
The project — http://www.onlinecourses.com — is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. They offer highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This is a wonderful resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level course has to offer.
Top Online Courses on the Web - [Link]
HackEDA is an online automatic circuit design tool that compiles different Eagle schematics and boards to build a complete schematic. This is now possible because Cadsoft switched to an open XML text format for board files: [via]
At it’s core, it’s a system for collecting reusable-sized pieces of electronic designs, along with the knowledge necessary to reuse them in new designs. The library is available to browse online, you can download the individual bits, and there’s also a tool for creating custom circuits by simply selecting the features your project needs.
HackEDA builds Eagle schematics and PCBs from standard circuit blocks - [Link]
circuits.io. The first project is a Raspberry Pi robotic shield by Francis wyffels. “Discover campaigns raising funds to get finished electronics product shipped to you or visit our shop of circuit boards and solder your own project.” [via]
The Raspberry Pi robotic shield allows you to control a robot using a Raspberry Pi. It can drive two motors, two RC servos and can read 4 analog sensor values. This design will only be fabricated and shipped to you if it reaches its goal of $9,800.00 in pre-orders by December 28, 2012. You will not be charged if the goal is not reached.
circuits.io – Kickstarter-like electronics funding - [Link]