• Defining slots in Eagle (for OshPark)

    How to define cutouts and slotted holes in Eagle (for OshPark users)

    October 20, 2019 Elizabeth

    Although it’s one of the most popular PCB design tools, Eagle doesn’t have a native way of defining plated slots. Luckily, there are methods of getting fully supported slots in Eagle! SnapEDA follows Eagle’s official method when defining slotted holes. This method is ideal for 2 layer boards. Please note though that if your board has…

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  • How SnapEDA creates slotted holes in Eagle

    May 30, 2019 Elizabeth

    Q: How does SnapEDA generate slotted holes in Eagle? A: Although there is no tool to directly create slotted holes in Eagle, there is an official method to recommended by Eagle. In 2018, SnapEDA adopted this method of creating slotted holes. As described in the article, SnapEDA parts have slots represented on Layer 46 (Milling…

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  • FAQ: How does SnapEDA create slotted holes in KiCad?

    May 30, 2019 Elizabeth

    Q: How does SnapEDA define slotted holes in KiCad? A: Our current KiCad .mod format doesn’t support slotted holes. However, SnapEDA is able to support them with some workarounds. We create them by first placing a normal oblong through-hole pad, with a diameter that fits the slot we need, and then designing the slotted openings…

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  • Now supporting Proteus!

    February 7, 2019 Elizabeth

    We are excited to announce that millions of electronics parts on SnapEDA can now be imported into Proteus. Proteus is one of the most requested formats on SnapEDA. SnapEDA’s new Proteus format provides solder mask, solder paste, and custom pad shapes, along with courtyard and silkscreen definitions. Also, when importing the footprints, the import log…

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  • The top 10 AC-DC converters

    August 16, 2018 Elizabeth

    As a follow-up to our post on the Top 10 DC-DC Converters downloaded by the SnapEDA community, we thought it was about time to cover the top 10 AC/DC converters! Converting alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC) is one of the most common power electronics applications since electricity is transmitted as AC, yet electronics generally…

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  • 10 Terminal Blocks To Supercharge Your Next PCB Design

    June 6, 2018 Elizabeth

    Terminal blocks offer designers an easy and secure way to transmit data, signals, and power to your printed circuit board designs.  They’re built from an insulating frame and a clamping component. Terminal blocks serve as an effective method of connecting wires, whether it’s to ground them, secure multiple wires together, or provide communication between a device…

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  • Top 10 pressure sensors

    February 21, 2018 Elizabeth

    As engineers, we know that pressure sensors are used in thousands of everyday engineering applications, across a wide range of industries. For example, they’re used in our coffee makers to control the dispensing of liquid, in medical devices at hospitals, and in heating systems to trigger alarms. They measure the pressure, typically of liquids or gases,…

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  • Organize your parts with SnapEDA & PartsBox

    December 14, 2017 Elizabeth

    At SnapEDA we know how important it is to stay organized during the design process, and that’s why we are happy to announce an exciting new colloboration.  Starting this week, you’ll now be able to find SnapEDA’s symbols and footprints within PartsBox! PartsBox is an app for managing electronic components. It allows designers to keep…

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  • The top 10 crystal oscillators!

    December 14, 2017 Elizabeth

    A crystal oscillator is an electronic circuit that generates an electrical signal with a very precise frequency. To achieve this, it uses the mechanical resonance of a vibrating crystal made of piezoelectric material. The first crystal oscillator was invented in the late 1920s by Walter Guyton Cady who was interested in submarine detection with ultrasonic waves.…

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  • The top 10 humidity sensors

    November 9, 2017 Elizabeth

    Air humidity is an important factor to consider when designing an electronic device. Having too much humidity in the environment can cause condensation and corrosion, which can lead to anomalies in performance or even failures. To prevent this, engineers use humidity sensors. These devices are used in systems deployed in humid environments, such as industrial…

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