Whats Next at Upverter

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We’ve been a bit quiet for the past few months here at Upverter while we’ve been working on version 4. My apologies for that. We are alive and well. In fact the business side of Upverter is performing the best it has ever performed. Our key metrics are strong, we’re growing, and we’re (finally) making money.

Version 4 is finally, almost, just-about, ready to launch. You’ll see the first of the new features go live in the product this week, and then continue to trickle out over the coming weeks. If you’ve ever signed up for an account with an email address, or are on our mailing list, or follow the upverter forum we will notify you there too.

I’m pretty excited about all the new features, and some of the new super powers we’re giving engineers using Upverter. But I’m even more excited about a change we made in our thinking about a year ago. We decided that we couldn’t convert every engineer from using legacy desktop software like Cadence or Altium, into Upverter overnight. That it was going to take time. And that we needed to stop alienating these users and instead make it easier for them to participate in the Upverter community, and to benefit from the Upverter marketplace today. And so as part of the Upverter version 4 launch we will, also for the first time ever, release a set of plugins that give Upverter’s super powers to users of desktop ecad software. Now anyone can be an Upverter user, without needing to switch software.

Stay tuned! And sorry again for the silence.

Upverter customer, AXIS, lauches Indiegogo campaign

Upverter success story, AXIS, lauches Indiegogo campaign



AXIS launches Indiegogo for the AXIS Gear

In June, Upverter met with AXIS to discuss the success of their product development using the Upverter platform.  AXIS’ head product development engineer, Marc Bishara, praised Upverter for its attentiveness and support for their customers.  AXIS took advantage of Upverter’s unique cloud-based design to have design reviews of their board before production.

“This was my first fully functional PCB, so from the start we don’t necessarily have the expertise to be 100% confident of the things that we’re doing.  Getting a second set of eyes on the board, to see issues that would potentially mess up the board or impact our ability to run diagnostics on it after it was printed, was useful.  The design review is great.”

— Marc Bishara, Product Development Engineer, AXIS

You can read more about our customer success story with AXIS

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You can visit AXIS’ Indiegogo campaign

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Try Upverter yourself for free

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Wondering how other HW startups did it?

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“The discipline of building hardware at scale is not something you can easily learn at school, even at university. While the path (e.g. tools, knowledge base, peer community) to become a good software developer is readily available to all in this Internet age, this is not true yet for hardware development.” – Eric Klein (Lemnos Labs)

The explosion of hardware startups has left many aspiring entrepreneurs and hardware makers thirsting for knowledge on how to build and sell amazing products themselves.

We’re very excited to announce that several dozen hardware startup founders have graciously agreed to help answer your questions. They’re from companies like Fitbit, Whistle, Zen, Spark, The Orange Chef, Misfit and many more! They have experience with a variety of products including wearables, smart thermostats, trackers, and cameras. They’re happy to contribute their expertise on everything from crowdfunding, prototyping, design, manufacturing, business development and anything else you can think of!

To participate in the Hardware startup founder Q&A, please submit your questions HERE.

Share Hardware Projects without Screenshots or Dropbox

Let’s face it: uploading schematics from your EDA to a fileserver is pretty goofy. Maybe not as goofy as pasting screenshots, but goofy nonetheless.

If you’re sharing with something like Dropbox, everyone needs to have a compatible EDA to even view your design, and you have to muck around with privileges within your file server to make sure only the right people get access.

If you’re using screenshots, all hope is lost: nobody can zoom in; search is impossible; and good luck inspecting the attributes of anything.

Enter Upverter.

Whether you’re posting a design review on a forum, communicating with your manufacturer, or just showing off: Upverter gives you the power to truly share your design with anyone on any platform. When you grant access to a group or make a design public, you’re empowering colleagues and friends to make a difference.

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Designs shared on Upverter:

  • Are fully searchable. You can search for any reference designator, part number, net name, or issue in the entire design and navigate directly to it.
  • Are completely navigable. You can pan and zoom in on any part of either the schematic or PCB. No nasty screenshot pixels!
  • Can be cross-probed. Select anything on the schematic and slam tab: you’re magically transported to the layout-side representation of your selection.
  • Can evaluate design rules. If you just hand me a file from another EDA, I don’t share your constraint setup. On Upverter, anyone interacting with your design gets to see exactly the same design rule reports you see.
  • Can be annotated. With the right permissions, shared designs can be marked up with our Issues Management tools. Others can highlight a region on your schematic or PCB they think is a problem and start a discussion about it – without leaving the tool!

All accounts start with a 14-day trial, and we offer a community edition for unlimited non-commercial open source hardware designs free of charge.

Learn how to import from EagleAltium Designer, or OrCAD Capture.

To learn more about how Upverter can accelerate electronics design, watch our superpowers video:

Manufacturing with Upverter

Manufacturing with Upverter

Building the greatest EDA tool on the planet doesn’t just stop at our schematic capture and PCB layout editor. We know the importance of bridging the gap between an electrical design and that same idea in the physical world. There’s also a whole other phase of bringing up a design–probing, testing, debugging–that can only be done once you go past that daunting line of manufacturing.

To help you do this, Upverter comes well-equipped with a number of exporting options that will make the transition easy and error-free. You’ll find all of the downloadable file formats on your project’s page under the last tab, “Download Associated Files”:

Download Associated Files

Often times, all that your manufacturer needs are gerber files. Simply click on the download icon and get a neatly zipped up folder with all the appropriate gerber files corresponding to the PCB’s layer.

If you’re looking to have your PCB assembled, we provide pick-and-place files for just that! The Bill of Materials, generated as a CSV file, is also just a click away. If your manufacturer also wants the project’s schematic, you can either download a PNG or simply send them a link to the project–one of the many perks of being a tool that can be accessed through your browser!

In a recent IEEE Spectrum article on cloud-based EDA tools, Upverter was put to the test, from design to finished PCB: “As a test, I designed a small board for an overlay display system for a first-person video project I’m working on. I exported the manufacturing files and had it fabricated through OSH Park. And I was delighted to see that the three boards I received 12 days later for US $7 each came out just fine.” Needless to say, we passed the test!

So the next time you’re ready to make the jump, take a look at our exporting options and see how easy it is to get your idea from screen to life.

Upverter Ribbons

Upverter project pages are getting more and more popular these days, so why not tell the world about your open source projects and invite people to fork them? We’ve designed these ribbons below for you to overlay on your personal site.

How does it work?

Simply copy and paste the appropriate snippet into your blog/site’s HTML. Make sure to replace the URL field with your project page link URL instead of “LINK”. This imgur gallery contains all the URLs you need.

Feel free to customize your buttons! You can download the psd files here. You’ll also need to download the free font Lato.

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Infographic: Acquisitions in Hardware

It’s been hard to miss: The tech giants have been on a bit of a shopping spree these days. Starting with the staggering $19 billion Facebook dropped for WhatsApp at the beginning of the year, the Internet has been whirling with acquisition talk every other week. With Oculus VR going for $2 billion and Nokia’s $7.2 billion deal with Microsoft, it’s clear that hardware is a hot commodity right now. We take a look back at some of the biggest purchases made by Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft over the years.

Acquisitions in Hardware