In September, we launched InstaPart, an on-demand service that allows designers to request any symbol & footprint, delivered in under 24 hours.
But what exactly is InstaPart and how does it differ from SnapEDA’s free libraries?
All of SnapEDA’s libraries are free, and it is our mission as a company to make electronic design content as free, vetted, and accessible to all designers as we possibly can. Although our database of symbols, footprints, and 3D models are continually growing (and we process large amounts of data to predict which components will be in most demand), there are times when you’ll run across a part that isn’t yet in our database, and hence where InstaPart fits in.
For a small fee, designers can get any symbol & footprint in 24h with InstaPart, and once it has been created, it is made accessible to the entire community to download for free. This way, designers always have an option to get a part quickly if they’re on a tight deadline. Of course, in the long run, we plan to make the InstaPart feature obsolete by having all parts readily available for designers to download instantly. In the meantime, InstaParts cost $29 each, and we also have discounts via subscriptions and credits.
Just like all libraries on SnapEDA, InstaPart is compatible with popular circuit board design software including EAGLE, Altium, KiCad, Cadence OrCad/Allegro (Beta) & Mentor Graphics PADS (Beta). InstaPart’s PCB footprints, also known as land patterns, are created to IPC-7351B standards and follow a three-step verification process.
Step 1: Search for the part you’re looking for
Step 2: If the part is available, download it (free!)
Step 3: If the part isn’t yet available, request it. You can skip the queue to get it in 24h.
Step 4: Get back to your design — or sit back and relax. We’ll notify you when the library is ready.
Step 5: Download the symbol & footprint library in your preferred format
(SnapEDA supports Altium libraries, EAGLE libraries, OrCAD libraries, KiCAD libraries, Allegro libraries, and PADS libraries)
Happy designing, and please get in touch with your ideas on how we can further improve the offering to designers!