• Tutorial: Removing excess solder mask and solder paste added during import to Altium

    July 4, 2018 Amanda Klapper

    When importing footprints downloaded from SnapEDA into Altium, the importer will automatically add solder paste and solder mask anywhere there is a copper pad. Most of the time, a 1:1 ratio between the copper pad and these other layers is ideal (as per IPC standards), however, there are times when you’ll want to remove the…

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  • Announcing a new PCB library for CUI components

    June 27, 2018 Amanda Klapper

    Today we’re launching CUI’s catalog of buzzers, speakers, microphones, and connectors on SnapEDA, as well as on CUI’s website via our plugin. CUI is a leading electronic components manufacturer with a broad range of board mount electromechanical components. With this new collaboration, designers will be able to drag-and-drop interconnect, audio, and motion parts libraries into their designs.

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  • Best practices: How to map the footprint courtyard and cutouts to the proper layers in Altium

    June 22, 2018 Amanda Klapper

    If you’ve downloaded a footprint from SnapEDA for Altium, then you may have wondered how to properly import the courtyard and cutout layers. When importing the file, you need to map the placement courtyard to Mechanical Layer 15, and the board cutout regions to Mechanical Layer 1. In the video below, we’ll show you how…

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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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  • Building the Commodore that should have existed, an interview with Stefany Allaire

    June 6, 2018 admin

    Last month, the 100,000th hardware engineer registered on SnapEDA, so I thought it would be fun to reach out to learn more about what they were working on. Little did I know that it would turn out to be so epic! Stefany Allaire is building the Commodore 256, what she believes should have been the successor…

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  • Deciphering Footprint Naming (Part 1)

    June 5, 2018 admin

    Some designers on SnapEDA have mentioned that they would like to better understand the naming convention we use for footprints, so we’ve created this blog post as a handy reference. We build our footprints (also known as land patterns), to the IPC-7351B standard, with some exceptions. As such, we follow the naming convention defined in…

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  • We’ve released over 25,000 new TE Connectivity symbols & footprints on SnapEDA!

    February 21, 2018 natasha

    Today we’re excited to announce a new collaboration that should put a smile on the face of any designer who has ever made a connector footprint from scratch. We’re launching support for over 25,000 TE Connectivity (TE) products on SnapEDA! Decrypting complex computer-aided design drawings, and translating those into the schematic symbols and printed circuit board…

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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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