Designing Electronics That Work

Designing Electronics That Work

by Hunter Scott
November 2024, 280 pp.
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Designing Electronics that Work enables anyone with entry-level electrical knowledge to build elegant hardware that works on the first try. By teaching you the things most engineers only learn by experience, you’ll learn common pitfalls and mistakes so that you don’t make them yourself. 

A uniquely practical guide for beginners, the emphasis is on explaining the reasoning behind each method in order to ensure your designs are driven by insight, not blind rule-following. It’s also packed with hundreds of highly useful tricks and techniques that speed up workflow and save hardware designers time and money. You’ll learn the entire process for developing a device—from conceiving an idea to the final schematic, including prototyping, selecting components, layout, fabrication, assembly, working with suppliers, cost-engineering, regulatory testing, and even troubleshooting when things go wrong.

Author Bio 

Hunter Scott is the Director of Hardware Engineering at Reach Labs, a silicon valley startup working on long range wireless power. He has been designing hardware for over a decade for all kinds of products: from communications to healthcare to art installations.
He has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and has founded and taken two startups through Y Combinator. He has worked for Motorola Solutions and several other startups. He has spoken at conferences like DEFCON, Hackaday Supercon, and Altium Live. His projects have been seen by millions of people and have been featured in publications like NPR, The Guardian, and The Chicago Tribune.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: What to Build and How to Plan for It
Chapter 2: Selecting Components
Chapter 3: Prototyping

Chapter 4: Schematic Design
Chapter 5: Layout Design
Chapter 6: Cost Engineering
Chapter 7: Fabrication and Assembly
Chapter 8: Testing
Chapter 9: Building a Lab
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting
Appendix A: Rules of Thumb
Appendix B: How to Give a Demo
Appendix C: Companies That Can Help

The chapters in red are included in this Early Access PDF.