Making Your First PCB Prototype

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Making your first PCB prototype is no easy task – but it’s incredibly rewarding once you’ve completed the final connection. You don’t have to have a degree in engineering or years of experience working as an electric engineer. All you really need is a clear set of guidelines, a small amount of perseverance and, of […]


The Complete Guide to PCB Prototyping

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PCB prototyping is a necessary part of the electronic product development cycle. Our online PCB prototype shop can turn even the most complicated designs into working prototypes quickly and with minimal fuss. What is PCB prototyping? When you are making a new electronic product or component, you need to know that the finished article will perform as you […]


5 Electronic Projects to Use In Your Garden

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Do you want to make the world a better place in 2020? Technology has a big part to play in shaping the planet, but we still need people like you to come up with world-saving ideas. Whether you are an electronics novice, a university student or a veteran tinkerer, we all have a part to […]


How Graphene Can Prevent Overheating

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At the start of autumn, it was reported that Samsung was on the cusp of announcing the world’s first mobile phone with a graphene-based alternative to the traditional lithium-ion batteries. Samsung wasn’t the only company exploring this material. Behind the scenes, each of the major mobile phone retailers are hard at work perfecting graphene components to be used in their products. Such is the determination to […]


Why Choose Electric? Benefit In-Kind Explained

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The last few years have seen a remarkable rise in demand for, and mainstream adoption of, electric cars. Spearheaded by renowned automotive manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes and the increasing ubiquitous Tesla vehicles, it’s safe to assume that electric cars have sparked the imagination of consumers across the UK and the world over. As a […]


Hi5 Electronics 2019 Engineering Design Show

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Once again. we will be exhibiting at this year’s Engineering Design Show, held, of course, at the fantastic Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  We will be there over Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October. Please come down and say hello, meet some of our engineering team and check out our extensive experience and capabilities in electronics […]


USB4: The Future of Connections?

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The computing industry seems to continually accidentally – or perhaps more accurately, deliberately – shoot itself in the foot, by manufacturing machines with new connections that don’t link up with old peripherals. My own MacBook comes with USB-C ports only, for instance, so that it is impossible to connect to older devices, such as external […]


Mined rare earth materials used in electronics products revealed

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As a society, we are now well-versed in the benefits of recycling in our own homes – everything from food waste to glass, paper to tin cans.  However, recycling is also taking place in the electronics industry, and on an industrial, rather than domestic, scale. We are, of course, many decades into the ubiquitous use […]


Augmented Reality Could Revolutionise PCB Design

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A new augmented reality (AR) smartphone app could help PCB designers visualise, debug and assemble printed circuit boards more easily. Unlike virtual reality, which fully immerses the user in a digital world through a headset or similar device, AR overlays digital content onto an existing reality through a smartphone screen or tablet. One recent example […]


Red Wine is Secret Ingredient in New Wearable Tech

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When red wine is introduced to clothing, it normally spells disaster for the wearer. Whether it is baking soda, gin or dish soap, everybody has a genius life hack to remove red wine from a white shirt. But researchers at the University of Manchester have worked out that they can create flexible, durable and more […]