Live & On-Demand Webinars

Our Webinars give powerful insight into Macrofab’s capabilities and solutions.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Live: Thursday, Feb 3, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every day, we hear bad news about the supply chain for electronics materials and components. The supply chain is not a static system however, and while some new issues may appear, others can improve.

Join us to receive an up-to-date view on the overall electronics component and materials supply chain, which vendors are improving their outcomes, which ones are having greater market pressures, and an up-to-date view of the next six months.

What you will learn:
• Current status of the electronics supply chain: which materials are facing new supply pressures, which are improving, and which remain challenges
• How manufacturers and vendors are reacting to the supply chain challenges and what can we expect to see coming in the next few months
• Projections for material availability and pricing for the near-term

Live: Thursday, Feb 17, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When your product is held up waiting on a single component, it's common to go to brokers and other secondary sources to find enough materials to unblock your product. For some manufacturers, this is something to be avoided at all costs, and for others , it's an every-day activity. How do you determine if you should include independent suppliers in your sourcing strategy?

Join us as we discuss the differences in Independent Distributors, Brokers, and Secondary Source markets. We'll cover how each operates, where they source their materials, the impact it can have on your sourcing strategy, and how risks are mitigated in non-authorized component markets.

What you will learn:
• Who independent distributors are, and their role in the components marketplace
• The risks associated with materials acquired through independent channels
• Common tools and strategies to minimize risk when buying materials from independent sources

Live: Thursday, Mar 3, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nearly every Bill of Materials has one or more line items that are single-sourced: only one component from one manufacturer is allowed. Single-sourcing materials is the most common cause of unavailability, and therefore, delayed or halted production.

Join us as we discuss the importance of Designing for Availability: rules and strategies for design engineers to support continued manufacturing in times of ever-increasing supply chain delays.

You will learn:
• The importance of having multiple vendors for every critical material in your design
• Strategies for diversifying and reacting to changing market conditions
• Modular design approaches
• Software-designed features
• Single-sourcing approval processes
• Using digital platforms to inform sourcing decisions during design

Live: Thursday, Mar 17, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As more North American companies look to re-shore or near-shore manufacturing from constrained Asian sources, supply chain limitations, a lack of awareness of market specialties, and unfamiliar landscapes can complicate the mission.

Join us to learn more about the process of re-shoring production from Asia to North America, how to develop sourcing strategies that can provide the necessary flexibility during changeover, and how to utilize digital platforms to accelerate the process.

What you will learn:
• High-level strategies for re-shoring production:
• Transferring existing products from Asia to North America
• Starting new products in North America
• Developing an adaptive supply chain: multi-sourcing, design variations, and JIT-vs-Inventory
• Utilizing Digital Platforms to discover and develop a wider network of manufacturers

On-Demand Webinars

Presented: Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

Designing and validating a new product prototype is just the beginning of every journey. Effectively managing the transition from prototype to production for printed circuit board assemblies can stress even the most mature processes.
Join MacroFab for a product demonstration on how to effectively manage prototype production, version and track changes, transition designs from engineering to purchasing teams, and manage purchasing through the MacroFab platform.

What you will learn:
1. How to use the MacroFab platform to price and order prototype designs
2. Versioning, change tracking, and locking down production designs
3. Managing the purchasing workflow between engineering and manufacturing teams in the MacroFab platform

Presented: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021

Every product starts at prototyping, but not every product makes it past that that stage. Getting your new design to production as quickly as possible reduces risk and accelerates revenue. Digital manufacturing tools and platforms enable product teams to design, test, iterate, and solve production challenges faster than ever before.
Join design and manufacturing experts from Altium, MacroFab, and Xometry to learn how to accelerate your new products from idea to customer and capture market value away from companies using traditional tools and methodologies.

What you will learn:
1. The current state of digital manufacturing, platforms, tools, and capabilities
2. Leveraging digital manufacturing and design tools to accelerate prototyping
3. Utilizing digital manufacturing platforms to solve prototype to production transition challenges

Presented: Thursday, Oct 21, 2021

Digital manufacturing platforms today have a wide range of capabilities at every stage of production. Bringing a product to market used to be a slow, manual process. But in the last five years, businesses have been able to accelerate product design, prototype development, NPI process, and high-volume production using digital manufacturing platforms to gain access to thousands of electronics assembly factories, machine shops, and plastics fabrication facilities.

Join design and manufacturing experts from Altium, MacroFab, and Xometry to learn how building a digital thread from design stages to production at scale allows you to eliminate delays caused by the supply chain crisis and build products faster using cloud technologies.

What will you learn:
1. What is the current state of digital manufacturing? What kind of products can be built using these platforms, and what production scale can you reach?
2. What range of processes do these platforms enable? Can you really build fully assembled products, tested and packaged products using digital manufacturing platforms?
3. Why integration between design tools and digital manufacturing platforms enables faster product development, with significantly reduced errors and better visibility.
4. What will digital manufacturing platforms enable me to do in the future? What exactly is Industry 4.0, and does it matter?