IDS NXT malibu now available with the 8 MP Sony Starvis 2 sensor IMX678

Intelligent industrial camera with 4K streaming and excellent low-light performance

IDS expands its product line for intelligent image processing and launches a new IDS NXT malibu camera. It enables AI-based image processing, video compression and streaming in full 4K sensor resolution at 30 fps – directly in and out of the camera. The 8 MP sensor IMX678 is part of the Starvis 2 series from Sony. It ensures impressive image quality even in low light conditions and twilight.

Industrial camera with live AI: IDS NXT malibu is able to independently perform AI-based image analyses and provide the results as live overlays in compressed video streams via RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol). Hidden inside is a special SoC (system-on-a-chip) from Ambarella, which is known from action cameras. An ISP with helpful automatic features such as brightness, noise and colour correction ensures that optimum image quality is attained at all times. The new 8 MP camera complements the recently introduced camera variant with the 5 MP onsemi sensor AR0521.

To coincide with the market launch of the new model, IDS Imaging Development Systems has also published a new software release. Users now also have have the the option of displaying live images from the IDS NXT malibu camera models via MJPEG-compressed HTTP stream. This enables visualisation in any web browser without additional software or plug-ins. In addition, the AI vision studio IDS lighthouse can be used to train individual neural networks for the Ambarella SoC of the camera family. This simplifies the use of the camera for AI-based image analyses with classification, object recognition and anomaly detection methods.

PiCockpit: Innovative Web Solution for Managing Multiple Raspberry Pis

pi3g Unveils Groundbreaking New Features for Business Users

Leipzig, March 27, 2024 – pi3g GmbH & Co. KG introduces new web-based Terminal and File Editor Apps to its platform, enhancing Raspberry Pi remote management with an updated Script Scheduler, Video Streaming App, and the PiCockpit Pro Plus plan for custom software needs. These innovations reflect pi3g’s dedication to simplifying and boosting productivity for global business users without the need for in-depth Linux expertise. In particular, teams with a Windows® background require less training and specialized skills when using PiCockpit to manage the company’s Raspberry Pi fleet, resulting in substantial time and cost savings for the business.

The PiCockpit Terminal App offers a seamless web-based terminal interface, eliminating the need for complex setup or additional software like PuTTY. Leveraging WebRTC technology, it ensures a secure, encrypted connection for managing all Raspberry Pi devices from any location. This app simplifies remote device management for businesses, enabling straightforward web-based remote access beyond the limitations of traditional methods.

The File Editor App, enhanced with RaspiGPT technology powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4, simplifies file and directory management on Raspberry Pis. By accessing, users can remotely edit files from any web browser. This app provides smart assistance for script writing, log analysis, and file content explanation, streamlining file management and speeding up business development processes.

PiCockpit: Simplified management, reduced costs

Maximilian Batz, founder of pi3g, stated, “Our goal has always been to make Raspberry Pi management as accessible and efficient as possible for our users. The launch of our new PiCockpit apps, along with enhancements to our existing services, represents a significant step forward in achieving that goal. We’re particularly excited about the possibilities that RaspiGPT opens up, streamlining tasks that previously required extensive technical knowledge.”

PiCockpit’s Pro Plan introduces a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to scale their operations beyond the first five free Pis. With Two Factor Authentication, PiCockpit ensures secure access to user accounts and their Raspberry Pis. PiCockpit Pro Plus takes customization to the next level, offering bespoke software development and system integration services. This plan is not just an offering but a partnership, providing businesses with a tailored solution that meshes seamlessly with their existing systems, paving the way for significant cost savings and operational efficiencies.

About PiCockpit is a comprehensive web interface designed to simplify the management and operation of Raspberry Pi devices. Offering a range of applications including PiStats, Video Streaming, Script Scheduler, Terminal, and File Editor, PiCockpit enables users to monitor performance, schedule scripts, stream Raspberry Pi cameras, and manage files from anywhere in the world.

About pi3g

Based in Leipzig, Germany, pi3g has been involved in the Raspberry Pi ecosystem since its very beginning in 2012. As an official Raspberry Pi approved reseller, pi3g offers a comprehensive suite of services for businesses, including hardware sourcing, software development, hardware development and consulting.

Robotics competitions in Hamburg: Winners are alliances from Berlin and Brandenburg as well as Rockenhausen and Berlin

VRC und VIQC German Masters Winners:

▪ Winners of the VEX Robotics Competition: Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium (Berlin) and Heinitz-Gymnasium (Rüdersdorf)
▪ Winners of the VEX IQ Challenge: IGS Rockenhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate) and BEST-Sabel (Berlin)
▪ Almost 35 teams met at the German finals from 6 to 8 March
▪ Students from IGS Rockenhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Ernst-Abbe Gymnasium in Oberkochen secured tickets for the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas

Hamburg, March 8, 2024. Hectic activity has reigned over the past three days at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). Around 150 pupils from general education schools and vocational schools from all over Germany worked on robots that they had designed themselves over the past few months. Their goal: For the final rounds of the German VEX robot competitions, they wanted to get the best out of their babies. A total of 14 trophies were up for grabs, which were ultimately awarded to twelve different teams. 

Winners of the cooperative tournament competitions at the German Masters  In the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC), the Alexander-von-Humboldt Gymnasium (Berlin) and the Heinitz-Gymnasium (Rüdersdorf) prevailed. The VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) was won by an alliance of IGS Rockenhausen  (Rhineland-Palatinate) and BEST-Sabel educational institutions (Berlin). 

Luca Eckert (from left) and Jonas Köhler (IGS) as well as Tim Heintze and Konrad Möhring (BEST-Sabel) won the VEX IQ Teamwork Challenge

The German Masters gives you the opportunity to qualify for the VEX Worlds. These „World Championships“ will take place from April 25 to May 3 in Dallas, Texas, with 1,000 teams from 50 countries. The prerequisite for flying overseas: winning the Excellence Awards. A jury awards them on the basis of the performance in the competition and other criteria such as the capabilities of a robot in comparison. Students from IGS Rockenhausen (High and Middle School) and the Ernst-Abbe-Gymnasium in Oberkochen (Middle and Elementary School) will travel to Dallas. 

Tobit Gries (from left), Sebastian Gasior and Jakob Bachmann from IGS Rockenhausen snatched the Excellence Award/High School

The worldwide competitions of the Robotics Education &  Competition (REC) Foundation, which is based in the USA, are organized in Germany by the Hamburg-based association  roboMINT. 

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is open to students from the age of eleven . A team consists of at least two students, it competes in alliances  against other teams. The aim of a game in autonomous and remote-controlled  driving modes is, among other things, to get as many tripballs as possible into your own goal or into  your own offensive zone.  

Till Schneider (l.) and Vincent Fratzscher (Heinitz-Gymnsaium) won the trophy in the VRC team competition

The VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) is open to students between the ages of eight and 15. A team consists of at least two students, it competes together with another team. One of the goals of the game is to convert as many blocks as possible into goals. Points are also awarded if the robot is parked in the „Supply Zone“ at the end of a match.  

Anes Rebahi (from left), Nico Menge, Karl Steinbach, Maximilian Marschner and Erik Tunsch (Alexander-von Humboldt-Gymnasium) won the VRC team competition

Introducing BlockBot: an Innovative STEAM Toy in Robotics Education

In the rapidly evolving landscape of educational toys, one product stands out for its innovative approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education: BlockBot. Developed by 130T Inc., BlockBot is a groundbreaking smart block system that combines the familiarity of LEGO with cutting-edge robotics technology, offering children a hands-on learning experience like never before.

At the heart of BlockBot lies its modular design, reminiscent of traditional LEGO blocks. Each block is equipped with different robotics functionalities, allowing users to assemble them into various configurations, from simple structures to complex robots. What sets BlockBot apart is its patented connector technology, which enables seamless power supply and communication between blocks without the need for wires, making it not only convenient but also aesthetically pleasing, particularly for young learners.

One of the key advantages of BlockBot is its versatility in STEAM education. Through Bluetooth communication, BlockBot can interface with any computing devices, enabling students to engage in programming and coding activities that promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Whether it’s programming a robot to navigate a maze or designing an automated task, BlockBot offers endless opportunities for creative exploration and learning.

BlockBot has already made waves on the international stage, receiving acclaim at exhibitions in Vietnam, Thailand, and HongKong. Its recent showcase at the Spielwarenmesse 2024 in Germany further solidified its reputation as a game-changer in the world of educational toys. With interest from overseas buyers continuing to grow, BlockBot is poised to revolutionize robotics education worldwide.

In addition to its educational benefits, BlockBot also promotes inclusivity and accessibility in STEAM learning. Its intuitive design and user-friendly interface make it accessible to children of all ages and abilities, fostering a collaborative learning environment where creativity knows no bounds.

In conclusion, BlockBot represents the next generation of STEAM toys, combining the timeless appeal of building blocks with the limitless possibilities of robotics technology. As it continues to gain traction in the global market, BlockBot is poised to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers, and problem solvers.

VRC and VIQC German Masters in Hamburg: German finals of robotics competitions

Hamburg, February 2024: Next week, the final rounds of the VEX robot competitions will take place in Germany. Around 150 students from general education schools and vocational schools from all over Germany meet at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) to find out which of the robots they have designed best solves given tasks. The worldwide competitions of the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, which is based in the USA, are organized in Germany by the Hamburg-based association roboMINT. 

The Competition Categories

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is open to students from the age of eleven . A team consists of at least two students, it competes in alliances  against other teams. One of the goals of a game is to get as many tripballs as  possible into your own goal or into your own offensive zone. 

As part of the VEX IQ Challenge, students between the ages of eight and 15 can participate. A team consists of at least two students, it competes together with another team. One of the goals of the game is to convert as many blocks as possible into goals. Points are also awarded if the robot is parked in the „Supply Zone“ at the end of a match. 

Through the German Masters, participants can qualify for the VEX Worlds from April 25  to May 3 in Dallas (US state of Texas) with 1,000 teams from 50 countries .

German Masters 

Venue: HAW Hamburg 

Berliner Tor 21, Aula 

Wednesday, 06.03.: VRC, start qualification 1 at 12.30 p.m. 

Thursday, 07.03.: VRC, start qualification 2 at 9.30 a.m., final: 1.00 p.m.

Friday, 08.03.: VIQC, start qualification at 11.00 a.m., final: 3.45 p.m.

Contac persont: 

Ralph Schanz
Chairman of roboMINT e.V.

About the roboMINT e.V.:

It all started in the 2017/2018 season. Together with the student campus dEin Labor of the TU Berlin, roboMINT conducted the first VEX Robotics student competitions in Germany. The first team to qualify for the annual „World Championships“ in the USA was the Heinitz-Gymnasium Rüdersdorf. In the meantime, there are various regional preliminaries and two „Nationals“ (VIQC and VRC) nationwide. Currently, a total of seven teams from Germany can qualify for the „World Championships“ in Dallas each season. 

roboMINT supports and coordinates the nationwide VEX robotics competitions. The association informs and supports the participating teams, the supervisors and the regional organizers. The aim of the association is to promote STEM education in Germany. 

Unidice: The Future of Gaming, Gamification and Smart Home Integration

The gaming world is on the cusp of a groundbreaking revolution with the introduction of the unidice, a new console that promises to redefine our understanding of games and gamification. This innovative device, blending cutting-edge technology with traditional gaming fun, offers a rich gaming experience and opens the door to a wide range of gamification applications. Furthermore, the unidice’s integration of generative AI in some of their Apps, particularly within the Tale Spinner application, along with a machine learning core that powers its Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), signals a leap toward more interactive and intelligent gaming and beyond. An especially notable feature is its compatibility with the Matter protocol, thanks to its new and improved processor, making it an ideal tool for smart home management.

The Unidice: A Nexus of Hybrid Gaming 

At its heart, the unidice is an electronic dice featuring six touch displays, a processor, a gyroscope, and dual storage systems, designed to facilitate seamless communication via Bluetooth with smartphones and tablets. This capability allows for a hybrid gaming experience that combines the physical pleasure of rolling dice with the limitless possibilities of digital innovation. Beyond enhancing traditional gaming experiences, this feature significantly broadens the horizon for gamification in various domains, including education and sports. Moreover, with its compatibility with the Matter protocol, the unidice also steps into the realm of smart home technology, offering users a unique and interactive way to control and automate their home environments.

Unidice and Robotics: Pioneering Smart Device Interaction

In a notable showcase of its expansive capabilities, the unidice demonstrated control over a car provided by fishertechnik, highlighting its potential in robotics and smart device interaction. This feature is a testament to the versatility of the unidice, illustrating its capacity to extend beyond gaming and home automation into the realm of educational robotics and interactive learning. By integrating with physical devices, the unidice opens up new possibilities for gamification and educational applications, offering a hands-on approach to technology and engineering concepts. To witness this remarkable feature in action, explore the video from the convention where unidice displays the new features, games, and notably, the car control.

Generative AI and Tale Spinner: A New Chapter in Storytelling 

The unidice revolutionizes storytelling through its Tale Spinner application, which uses generative AI to create personalized stories for children. By rolling the dice and selecting main topics, kids can generate new story segments narrated by an AI voice, powered by GPT-4 Turbo and Whisper. This innovative use of generative AI transforms the unidice from a mere gaming console into a dynamic storytelling companion, encouraging creativity and a love for reading in young users.

Machine Learning and the IMU: Enhancing Interaction The unidice incorporates a machine learning core within its IMU, enabling it to „learn“ new input methods (thanks to firmware updates) and improve its movement and orientation detection. This advancement makes interactions more intuitive and responsive, paving the way for more immersive gaming and gamification applications.

Smart Home Integration: The Matter Protocol Advantage 

The unidice’s ability to use the Matter protocol, enabled by its advanced processor, marks a significant development in smart home integration. This feature allows the unidice to act as a smart home controller, providing a novel and interactive method for managing and automating home environments. Through simple gestures, taps, tilts and rolls, users can control lighting, temperature, and other smart devices, making the unidice a central hub for both entertainment and home management.

The unidice exemplifies the convergence of gaming, artificial intelligence, robotics, and smart home technology, heralding a new era of interactive entertainment and practical utility. Its fusion of physical gaming with digital innovation, powered by generative AI and machine learning, positions it as a pioneering console in not only the gaming industry but also in the broader context of smart living. As we move forward, the unidice stands as a pioneer to the potential of blending traditional gaming elements with the latest technological advancements to create experiences that are entertaining, educational, and enriching, while also seamlessly integrating into our daily lives through smart home technology.

Discover more about unidice and secure your own by visiting their website at and preordering at

Experience the Future of Companionship with Doly, Launched by Limitbit soon on Kickstarter

Limitbit, a pioneer in AI powered companion technology, has announced the launch of its groundbreaking product, Doly, on Kickstarter. As of today, Doly has already captured the imagination of tech enthusiasts and educators, raising significant interest ahead of its official Kickstarter launch scheduled for February 13, 2024. 

Doly, launch day special priced at $289, is an autonomous AI-powered companion robot that seamlessly integrates robotics, AI, and coding education into one dynamic device. It is the first of its kind to offer an open hardware and open design, powered by Raspberry Pi, allowing customization and continual evolution in capabilities. 

„Doly represents a fusion of companionship, education, and technological innovation,“ says Levent Erenler, founder of Limitbit. „It’s designed to grow and adapt, offering an engaging experience for all ages and skill levels. Our open-source approach places Doly at the forefront of personal robotic innovation.“ 

Product highlights of Doly include: 

Self-acting Personality: A unique character that develops and evolves through interaction, offering a personalized experience. 

Edge AI Processing: Ensuring maximum privacy, Doly’s AI algorithms operate locally, without relying on cloud processing, safeguarding user data.

STEM Education Enabler: Doly serves as an engaging tool for learning coding and robotics, catering to both beginners and advanced users. 

Open-Source Platform: Users can innovate and customize Doly, thanks to its open hardware and open design, fostering a community-driven approach to technological advancement. 

Extensive Add-On Support: Featuring a range of I/O ports, Doly offers extensive opportunities for expansion and customization, perfect for developers and hobbyists. 

3D Printable Design: Emphasizing its customizable nature, Doly can be personalized with 3D printed parts, allowing users to tailor its appearance and functions. 

Targeted towards a wide audience that includes robot lovers, parents, children, software and hardware developers, and open-source enthusiasts, Doly is positioned as the ultimate educational and interactive robot companion. 

„Doly is not just a product; it’s a step towards a future where technology enhances every aspect of learning and daily living,“ added Levent Erenler. „Its ability to engage users in coding, robotics, and AI, while also serving as a companion robot, sets a new benchmark in the field.“ 

About Limitbit: 

Based in Markham, Ontario, Limitbit is dedicated to revolutionizing AI powered companion robots. Their mission is to blend cutting-edge technology with practical, educational applications, making advanced robotics accessible to everyone. 

For more information about Doly and to participate in the Kickstarter campaign, click here. 

fischertechnik Design Studio allows you to build models on the web

The groundbreaking fischertechnik Design Studio now offers the opportunity to create models online with fischertechnik building blocks. All components from the current range are available in the new ft Design Studio in 3D format. The result is impressive virtual buildings that can be viewed from all sides, just like in a real design office.

The cool fischertechnik Design Studio brings fun and games into the children’s room, trains spatial thinking and stimulates creativity. The children are immersed in a digital world where they can combine building blocks and create fascinating 3D models. The buildings created can be effortlessly rotated and viewed from different angles. Photo modes can be used to capture the constructions and compare them with other buildings. Once logged in, you have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other creative members of the fischertechnik design community.

After the virtual design on the screen, the models can be rebuilt using the fischertechnik building blocks. If required, the required building blocks can be obtained via the platform to ensure the seamless implementation of the ideas.

Young designers can use it not only to design their creations virtually, but also to take them in their hands and assemble them in the physical world. „Our goal at fischertechnik is to combine virtual functional principles with haptics in a modern and cool way. 

With the new fischertechnik Design Studio, we have achieved a milestone in this regard,“ says Marc Schrag, fischertechnik Sales Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Design Studio can be downloaded free of charge from the fischertechnik website. Learning tutorials are available to get to know the platform.

Further information:

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Moley Robotics Unveils World’s First Luxury Robot Kitchen Showroom in London

London, 15th December 2024 – Moley Robotics, a pioneer in culinary automation, is proud to announce the grand opening of the world’s first luxury robot kitchen showroom in the heart of London. This revolutionary space, located at 16 Wigmore Street, marks a significant milestone in the fusion of technology and gastronomy, offering visitors a first-hand experience of the future of automated cooking that is set to revolutionise the culinary landscape.

An Immersive Culinary Journey

The showroom is a testament to Moley Robotics‘ commitment to transforming the way we think about and engage with cooking. Stepping into this cutting-edge showroom is like entering a realm where culinary dreams meet technological prowess. The showroom has been meticulously designed to provide an immersive and interactive experience, showcasing the advanced cooking capabilities of the Moley Robotic kitchens and distinctive kitchen designs, crafted from premium materials including Glacier White Corian, Patagonian marble and high gloss Eucalyptus wood panels.

Visitors will be captivated by the graceful human-like movements of the robotic arms as they seamlessly prepare gourmet meals in the state-of-the-art kitchen, equipped exclusively with premium appliances from globally renowned brands such as Siemens, Gaggenau, and Miele. The latest advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence, demonstrate the unparalleled precision and versatility of the Moley system. The showroom aims to transport visitors into the future of home cooking, where efficiency, elegance, and innovation converge.

Unveiling the Future of Home Cooking

The centrepiece of the showroom are, of course, the Moley Robotic kitchens; Chef’s Table, X-Air and A-Air. Visitors will have the opportunity to witness live demonstrations of the robotic arms in action, showcasing the system’s ability to faithfully replicate recipes from an extensive library curated by world-renowned chefs including three-Michelin-starred Andreas Caminada, MasterChef winner Tim Anderson, Award-winning Andrew Clarke and sushi Grandmaster Kiichi Okabe. From delicate stirring to precise seasoning, the robotic arms perform each task with a level of skill and dexterity previously reserved for the most accomplished chefs.

„We are thrilled to open the doors to the world’s first luxury robot kitchen showroom in London,“ said Mark Oleynik, CEO of Moley Robotics. „This space is not just a showcase of our technology; it’s an invitation for people to experience first-hand the future of home cooking. The Moley Robotic Kitchen is a game-changer, and this showroom is the perfect platform to share our vision with the world.“

A Gourmet Experience for All

The luxury showroom isn’t just about awe-inspiring technology; it’s about making gourmet experiences accessible to everyone. The Moley Robotic Kitchen is designed to cater to a wide range of culinary preferences and dietary needs. Visitors can explore the user-friendly interface, customise recipes, and witness the system adapt to individual preferences, showcasing the versatility that makes Moley Robotics the leaders in the world of culinary robotics.

Additionally, the showroom will host live cooking events, allowing guests to taste the delicious creations prepared by the Moley Robotic Kitchen. This hands-on experience aims to bridge the gap between futuristic technology and the joy of savouring exquisite meals, reinforcing the idea that automation can enhance, rather than entirely replace, the human experience in the kitchen.

Innovating with Elegance

Beyond its technological marvels, the luxury showroom reflects Moley Robotics‘ commitment to design and aesthetics which have been forged by a fruitful five-year collaboration with the renowned Italian design house, Minotti Collezioni. The Moley Robotic Kitchen seamlessly integrates into modern kitchen spaces, and the showroom itself is a testament to the marriage of innovation and elegance. The sleek, contemporary design of the kitchen setup and the overall ambiance of the space create an environment that is both inviting and forward-thinking.

„As we open the world’s first luxury robot kitchen showroom, we’re not just unveiling a product; we’re introducing a lifestyle—a future where technology elevates our culinary experiences,“ added Mark Oleynik. „Our goal is to inspire and empower individuals to reimagine their relationship with cooking.“

Visit Us Today

The Moley Robotics luxury robot kitchen showroom is located at 16 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2RF in London and is open to the public by appointment starting 15th December. Visitors are invited to make an appointment on the Moley Website and explore the future of home cooking, witness live demonstrations, and immerse themselves in a culinary experience like no other. For more information, visit

About Moley Robotics:

Moley Robotics is a leading innovator in the field of culinary automation, dedicated to redefining the way we approach cooking at home. With a focus on precision, convenience, and elegance, Moley Robotics is at the forefront of the integration of robotics and artificial intelligence in the kitchen.

Moley Robotics Kitchen Demo Studio

16 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2RF

HQ NextPCB Introduces New PCB Gerber Viewer: HQDFM Online Lite Edition

HQ NextPCB is proud to announce the release of HQDFM Online Gerber Viewer and DFM Analysis Tool, free for everyone. With HQDFM, NextPCB hopes to empower designers with the DFM tools and knowledge to perfect their designs as early as possible, where problems are the least costly.

The PCB manufacturing industry has and still relies on the Ucamco Gerber standard to communicate PCB production to manufacturers, which are often located overseas. While the 2D image format overcomes language barriers, the language of PCB Design for Manufacture is still ambiguous to many inexperienced designers and the division between PCB design and PCB manufacture remains an expensive obstacle leading to missed deadlines, hit-and-miss runs and quick-to-fail products.

“There are still many designers that send off their production files without any knowledge of what the files contain. Resolving issues with the fab house becomes a challenge for both sides without the appropriate tools and knowledge to debug the design, which is something we hope to change for everyone’s benefit,” said HQ NextPCB CEO, Alex Chen.

HQDFM Gerber Viewer is a completely free, online tool for displaying and reviewing PCB Gerber files and OBD++ files. It incorporates HQDFM’s Design for Manufacture (DFM) algorithms which are based on NextPCB’s 15 years of high-reliability manufacturing expertise and current industry standards.

Unlike EDA software’s built-in DRC checks, HQDFM allows designers to navigate and analyze the production files and check for design issues that may impact manufacturing or cause long-term reliability issues. With HQDFM, designers are given a manufacturer’s perspective and have valuable insights into how they can improve their designs.

Based on the free desktop version, the cross-platform, online HQDFM makes the easy-to-use Gerber Viewer function and DFM analysis available to everyone, including Mac and Linux users with no download or installation and no sign-up. Anyone can freely upload PCB production files to the online interface and view their design in seconds.

HQDFM supports X2 and RS-274x PCB Gerber formats, Excellon drill files and OBD++ files and works with Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers.


– Check for over 20 Design for Manufacture issues
– Navigate your PCB layer-by-layer
– Free downloadable DFM Report for more detailed analysis
– Easy, one-click ordering with HQ NextPCB
– Absolutely free, no sign-up or obligation

What does HQDFM check?

Design for Manufacturability – whether PCB elements are within the capabilities of most manufacturers in the industry, from low cost quickturn services to advanced services:

– Trace width/spacing
– Drill hole/slot sizes
– Clearances to copper and board outline elements
– Special drill holes
– Solder mask openings and more

Design for Cost – detect production difficulties that may cause costs or lead times to increase:

– Drill hole fees
– Testing fees
– Surface finish fees
– Small trace widths/spacings
– Special drill hole fees

Design for Reliability – detect problems that may not affect production but impact the normal operation or lifetime of the boards:

– Shorts/opens
– Missing solder mask dams or openings
– Missing/extra pads, drill holes, annular rings

About NextPCB

HQ NextPCB and HQ Online are the overseas trading brands of Shenzhen Huaqiu (HQ) Electronics Co. Ltd., a reliable multi-layer PCB manufacturer and assembly house. Their capabilities include up to 32 layer boards, blind and buried vias up to HDI 3, custom stack-ups, full turnkey assembly and more via a smart quotation platform with dedicated one-to-one support. Also, NextPCB is offering free reliable PCB assembly for everyone.

Founded in 2009, NextPCB’s passion for fast, reliable and affordable full-featured electronics manufacturing has driven NextPCB to innovate and modernize the electronics manufacturing industry. NextPCB developed and maintains the software HQDFM, a groundbreaking tool for designers to analyze PCB Gerber files and detect design issues. Over 300,000 users around the world already choose NextPCB. Try them for your next design at HQ and see how they can accelerate your workflow.