Name: Rehman Merali
Location: Toronto, Canada
Hi Rehman, you’re a EE who started a company. Tell us about TeaBot, and why you created it?
Rehman: Technically my degree was in Mechatronics engineering, not pure EE. So that means I know enough to put ICs together, but not necessarily develop complicated RF circuit, for example. My co-founder, Brian, and I started teaBOT to help customers explore the world of tea. There are so many flavors and varieties and teaBOT helps you put them together in unique ways to find your perfect blend. It’s been a lot of fun developing a Mechatronics system that so many people use and love everyday!
Which tools do you use for circuit board design, and why?
Rehman: I’ve been using Eagle since I was on the Robotics team in undergrad. Again, I don’t do anything too complex, so it’s been more than enough for us. I haven’t had a need to switch. Honestly, the most annoying part was creating footprints, but SnapEDA has since solved that!
Honestly, the most annoying part was creating footprints, but SnapEDA has since solved that!
Do you do schematic, layout, or both?
Rehman: Both schematic and layout.
Do you use 3D in your PCB layout. If yes, how?
Rehman: No, haven’t needed to yet. I usually give maximum board dimensions to the Mech team, and they work around that.