From: "Lukas Louw"
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Subject: Re: PCB package under $4k
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 19:14:52 GMT
Organization: AT&T Worldnet
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 19:14:52 GMT
Trust me I do enough handrouting, and fully appreciate the skills needed to
place components for best routing. Been doing it for 30 odd years, started
off with grid paper then light tables.
I have far better things to do than spend time laying out PCBs if I can let
an autorouter do most of the work, where it makes sense. PCB layout is
usually just the end of a development cycle for me anyway.
LOL I can charge the clients anyway for time saved, but I don't believe in
soaking them .......... OTOH I'm busy with a layout now that aurtorouters
will not be able to do, so I'm taking my time with it, so the client pays
there anyway..... Win some lose some, right?
> Hello to Lukas, Simon and the others...
> Perhaps auto-routers have improved (and I'm sure that
> they will continue to...) but have you considered that
> only by doing quite a bit of hand routing do you stay
> in practice ? Also, intuition regarding best component
> placement comes from doing a lot of hand routing, and
> component placement is critical to doing a good layout.
> I wouldn't want to see my routing and placement skills
> slide as a result of letting a machine do too much for
> But, consider the source... I'm a person who likes to
> do things by hand and have control. I've never liked
> automatic transmissions, for example, for that very
> One last thought... Lukas, your story about saving time
> was truely impressive, but I work by the hour, so where
> would that leave me ? LOL
> All the best,
> Jean Lestrale, W2FGV