Distributors Hit the Designer/DIY Flashpoint

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FLYINGSCOT
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too small to fry
FLYINGSCOT   7/7/2014 9:18:49 AM
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I always thought the big distributors would not be interested in supporting small hobbyists as there is no big volume carrot at the end of the proto stage.

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Re: too small to fry
Ariella   7/7/2014 10:31:44 AM
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I'm certain we'll see a lot more DIY with 3D printing design capabilities extending to a lot more people. Even those who don't want to invest in a printer can order their designs printed through a number of different services.

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Re: too small to fry
Ariella   7/7/2014 10:31:44 AM
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I'm certain we'll see a lot more DIY with 3D printing design capabilities extending to a lot more people. Even those who don't want to invest in a printer can order their designs printed through a number of different services.

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Re: too small to fry
Jacob   7/8/2014 6:14:57 AM
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"I always thought the big distributors would not be interested in supporting small hobbyists as there is no big volume carrot at the end of the proto stage"

Flyingscott, volume is not only the factor. They will consider the future of the products too; I mean whether they can make more sales also.

Rich Krajewski
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Since I was a kid
Rich Krajewski   7/7/2014 3:42:35 PM

Being a DIYer is how I wound up getting an EE degree.

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SP   7/8/2014 5:08:46 AM
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Electronics discipline is more to do with interest and hobby of a person rather than passing academics exams in colleges. More and more people with interest in electronics and how things works should be allowed to flourish in this. This is the future.

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Re: Since I was a kid
Jacob   7/8/2014 6:17:10 AM
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"Electronics discipline is more to do with interest and hobby of a person rather than passing academics exams in colleges. More and more people with interest in electronics and how things works should be allowed to flourish in this. This is the future."

SP, you are right. some of the most interesting products are evolved from interesting minds. FB, Google etc are very common examples.

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Food for thought
technos   7/8/2014 6:01:06 PM
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I am one of those "small" developers working on a circuit that will be an article in a magazine that goes to thousands of engineers. I will be using parts from Mouser, as using their search is very easy along with the datasheets for any particular part that I use. I can delineate the specifications I need in their search. Take note, part makers, if I do not see your part on Mouser, there is a good (likely) chance that I will not be using it.

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Re: Food for thought
Jacob   7/9/2014 3:03:55 AM
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Technos, for small and DIY projects and even beginners, normally we used to search the components/parts through such search options. But that's not the case with expert designers/developers.

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technos   7/9/2014 3:22:04 AM
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"But that's not the case with expert designers/developers." Of course not. OEMs serve their own purpose, whatever that may be. And most times that means sourcing components in quantity from whoever offers the best value - often oversees suppliers now.

But for the designer who wants to make it easy for others to understand and duplicate their circuit easily, then some of the small(er) quantity friendly distributors is where parts need to be drawn from. Not the manufacturer that makes you sign an NDA to see their datasheet/use their part.

Experts get paid(better) and have the resources to haggle with nonsense like that.

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Re: Food for thought
Jacob   7/10/2014 12:41:51 AM
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"OEMs serve their own purpose, whatever that may be. And most times that means sourcing components in quantity from whoever offers the best value - often oversees suppliers now."

Technos, for DIY projects, it's difficult to get the components at a better price because we are going only for a limited number.

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Jacob   7/10/2014 12:43:51 AM
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"But for the designer who wants to make it easy for others to understand and duplicate their circuit easily, then some of the small(er) quantity friendly distributors is where parts need to be drawn from."

Technos, how many distributors are there in that family; very few.

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Re: Food for thought
Rich Krajewski   7/9/2014 5:33:04 PM
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"I am one of those 'small' developers working on a circuit that will be an article in a magazine that goes to thousands of engineers."

Which magazine? Sounds good. I love those things.

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DIY Hall of Fame
Rich Krajewski   7/8/2014 1:02:15 PM
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Here are two of what could be DIY electronics Hall of Fame entries:

 

University moon launch

http://lunarlion.psu.edu/the-mission/

 

An under-11 pound model airplane crossing the Atlantic using a homemade autopilot, with just about a gallon of fuel

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/model-airplane-history-maker-maynard-hill-dies-at-the-age-of-85/2011/06/08/AGcnyQNH_story.html

Rich Krajewski
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You know
Rich Krajewski   7/10/2014 5:22:43 AM
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You know there are still electronics parts catalogs distributed that are aimed at the hobbyist. I got one a few weeks ago. You could have designed and built a weapons system with the parts from that hobbyist catalog.



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