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PCEA Member Webinar: Reverse Engineering PCBs: How to Recreate a Lost Design

April 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Maintaining a product is very difficult when:
  • the source files aren’t available
  • only Gerber files and maintenance documents are available
  • making a revision to a company-owned product with no source files.
This webinar presents a skillset to technicians, designers, and engineers that leverages assembled circuit boards without design data to be recovered and recreated. Often end-of-life or existing systems have design data that is lost, abandoned, or of unknown origin, which is a rising concern among teams building or maintaining these systems. Using a set of software and hardware agnostic processes this course analyzes a design of unknown origin and recreates that design with a set of commonly available tools. Once equipped with this skillset, attendees will have with the knowledge to recreate and recover lost or unavailable design data on current and future projects.
This course presents a baseline skillset, whereafter attendees can begin recovering design data. Attendees are responsible to take the course content and establish a workflow that is accessible with available software and hardware.
This course is for:
  • Junior and midlevel electrical engineers
  • Junior and midlevel PCB designers
  • Junior and midlevel technicians.
The course will introduce:
  • Basic reverse-engineering techniques with benchtop test equipment
  • Reworking and testing techniques
  • Identifying PCB structures
  • Identifying components
  • Using photography and image manipulation tools
  • Migrating the design into a generic ECAD tool.

Registration: This special one-hour webinar is free to all PCEA members. To register for PCEA, visit https://pcea.net/pcea-membership. Individual membership is free. To register for the webinar, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5313990704026084953.

Who should attend: PCB Designer/Design Engineer, System Designer, Hardware Engineer, SI Engineer, Test Engineer

Experience level: Beginner, Intermediate

About the speaker: Ethan Pierce is director of hardware engineering at Pierce Design, working with global customers to build and deploy IoT solutions. An electrical engineer by trade, Ethan has spent his career building, consumer, medical, and defense connected products at leading hardware companies to leading IoT platform companies. His specialty is maintaining holistic design intent from concept to mass production, producing successful products at scale.


April 11, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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