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Hardway HughesWelcome, everyone!  My name is Mark and I'm one of the facilitators for the course.  As you can imagine, putting together this course requires hundreds of hours of work performed by dozens of different people at around eight different companies.  So to help alleviate the pain caused by any hiccups we might encounter along the way, the cost of this course is free for all participants, and it will stay that way for future participants as well.  But since you are the first-comers -- the sponsor companies have agreed to pay the cost to manufacture the designs of at least 50 participants!  And some companies will provide "at-cost" services for everyone else.  

Along the way, you will learn the basics of PCB design in weekly lessons, webinars, videos, and more.  At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge necessary to turn your next schematic into a functional PCB.  If the course is successful, we will extend the series to new topics, such as signal integrity, and rigid-flex PCB design.  

To keep things simple, everyone in the course will use the same schematic and the same BOM, designed by Bob Martin, the "Wizard of Make."  

Please use the Question and Answer forum to ask questions and stay on pace with the rest of the class.  If you fall too far behind, you might lose your spot in the course, and no one wants that to happen. 

Please visit Project Definition, Expectations, and Guidelines to learn more about the course!

Hard Way Hughes"One last thing.  This is not going to be easy.  Nothing worth doing ever is.  You will find parts of this course to be confusing at times, and too difficult or too time-consuming at others.  Don't give up.  Ask for help early in the lesson.  Reach out to the instructors and to your classmates.  The best way to tackle the difficult subjects is to jump in with both feet as early as possible.  Work on it.  Sleep on it.  Think on it.  Let the answers come to you in shower or in the middle of the night.  The worst way to tackle a difficult lesson is to start the night before it is due."

Last modified: Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 1:21 PM