Easier Ways to Request Symbols & Footprints!

It is now easier than ever to request a symbol & footprint on SnapEDA. We also have two new options that deliver the parts into your inbox within 24 hours so you can focus on design optimization, or even taking on new projects. Option 1: From any part page without a model, select Request This 2D Model Option 2 […]

The Top 10 Microcontrollers For PCB Design

Microcontrollers (MCUs) have come a long way since the pioneering 4-bit Intel 4004 hit the market back in the 1970s. Today, they’re the heart of most embedded systems, from automotive engine control systems, medical devices, toys, and more, serving as low-cost, compact, single chip computers. The beauty of MCUs is that they reduce the size and cost of the alternative: […]

New Symbol and Footprint Filter to Find CAD Models Faster

PCB designers often tell us that they select electronic components for their designs based on whether they can find symbols and footprints for them. To some extent it makes sense: the investment that goes into making CAD models is significant, and can instantly derail progress on a design. Of course, it’s also human nature to prefer the path of […]

Introducing the SnapEDA EAGLE Plugin: Find Symbols and Footprints From Within EAGLE (Alpha Release)!

When we initially launched SnapEDA, the goal was to make it as easy as possible for engineers to find CAD models (PCB footprints, schematic symbols, 3D models) for their electronic design tool of choice, in a way that provided them with unprecedented transparency into standards and quality. Our vision was to give engineers the freedom to innovate and optimize their designs, with […]

Easier ways to give feedback on CAD parts

It it now easier to view or add feedback on CAD models with our new commenting system. When we initially launched the Comments section, it was required to down-vote a part in order to be able to enter a comment. However, the feedback we received was that it would be useful to be able to point out certain […]

Seeed’s Open Parts Library Now Available on SnapEDA!

We are excited to announce that Seeed Studio’s Open Parts Library is now available on SnapEDA! For those unfamiliar with Seeed, they’re an open hardware facilitator based in China that inspires startups and makers with electronics resources, and provides in-house engineering, supply chain management, and manufacturing services. What exactly is the Open Parts Library? When designing a circuit board […]

Part Verification on SnapEDA

I am often asked how SnapEDA vets the quality of the CAD files it provides. Since launching, we’ve had a rating & commenting system to provide a feedback loop for engineers to report inaccuracies with CAD files, or to vouch for their quality. Although this system is leaps and bounds better than any other alternative means of sourcing CAD files, we’ve long wanted to […]

How to Rate Your Downloads on SnapEDA

If you’d like to provide feedback on a part you download from SnapEDA, you can easily rate it on each part page as shown below. But if you download many parts, it could be time-consuming to visit each page to rate it after downloading. We’ve now made it much easier to provide your feedback on the […]

The IPC-7351 Specification Explained: SOIC Components

One of the most common questions designers have while creating printed circuit board (PCB) footprints is: what are the correct dimensions for the pads? Increasingly, designers are adopting the IPC-7351 standard, which provides guidelines for calculating pad dimensions. In general, following standards is a good idea since it helps maintain consistency, accuracy, and reliability — all […]