• How does SnapEDA handle slotted holes?

    June 7, 2019 faust

    One of the most common questions we are asked is how we handle slotted holes in various PCB design tools. Because each tool handles slotted holes differently, we’ve created guides for each format so you can learn how to properly import the slotted holes, how they’re represented, and how to properly communicate the presence of…

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  • How SnapEDA creates slotted holes on 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 Orcad & Allegro

    May 30, 2019 faust

    Q: The footprint I downloaded should have slotted holes in Allegro – why aren’t they appearing? A: SnapEDA defines slotted holes for Allegro footprints using the layer Board Geometry > Ncroute-Path. Q: How can I ensure that my PCB fabricator accurately makes the slots? A: When sending your design to manufacturing, provide the NC Route…

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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: Officially, KiCad doesn’t yet 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 by drawing…

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

    May 30, 2019 faust

    Q: Why does the slotted hole in the footprint I downloaded appear round? A: Due to a limitation of the Altium file format supported on SnapEDA, we can only export round holes. As a result, all slotted holes are placed on Mechanical Layer 1 as per Step 4 of our Import Guide. Q: Will this…

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  • The Top 10 D-Sub Connectors

    March 20, 2019 admin

    D-Sub connectors, also known as D-subminiature or DB connectors, are electrical connectors commonly used in communications. They consist of two or more parallel rows of pins (in male connectors) or holes (in female connectors). The name D-Sub comes from their characteristic D-shaped metal shield, which has two important functions: it provides mechanical strength and ensures…

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  • How to install the P-CAD importer in Altium Designer

    March 20, 2019 faust

    For versions 13.0 and older: Go to this link to download and install the PCAD ASCII importer. Go to this link to download and install Accel importer. NOTE: These 2 importers are what you are going to need to be able to import the .lia file. Please Restart Altium software after installation. For versions 14.0+:…

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  • How Bluetooth got its name, an interview with Jim Kardach

    March 10, 2019 admin

    Today, Bluetooth is the primary driver of wireless connectivity between electronic devices. But like most new technologies, there were plenty of challenges throughout its development and commercialization. We spoke to Jim Kardach, the founding chairman of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which created the technology, to understand why it succeeded where so many similar…

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  • top 10 linear regulators

    The top 10 linear voltage regulators

    March 3, 2019 faust

    In electronics, linear voltage regulators are commonly used to stabilize voltages. Regardless of the input voltages or load conditions, they will provide fixed output voltages, thus protecting devices from fluctuating outputs, which can cause inefficient performance or even damage. When designing a power supply for an application that requires a small difference between its input…

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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. The Proteus PCB footprint importer provides solder mask, solder paste, and custom pad shapes, along with courtyard and silkscreen definitions. Also, when importing the footprints, the import…

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