Today we’re launching Global Connector Technology’s (GCT) catalog of connectors on SnapEDA! GCT is a leading supplier of standard and custom interconnect products. With this new collaboration, designers will be able to drag-and-drop connector libraries into their designs across an extensive 9 product ranges, including USB, SIM card, FFC, modular jack, lighting, DC power jack, and smart card connectors.
Category: New Features
Today we’re launching support for one of the most-used PCB software flows – Mentor Graphics PADS & DXDesigner. Whether building satellites or medical devices, hardware designers spend days creating digital models for each component on their circuit boards, a painful and time-consuming process that hinders product development.
With today’s launch, Mentor PADS & DX Designer customers will gain access to our extensive component library containing millions of symbols, footprints, and 3D models, further enhancing the vast resources available for Mentor PCB design software. As of today, our popular 24-hour part request service InstaPart will also support PADS & DXDesigner.
Based on popular demand, we’ve now added the ability to purchase InstaPart credits. InstaPart is our on-demand service to get any symbol & footprint in 24 hours.
Although SnapEDA’s parts library is free, InstaPart provides the ability to request parts that aren’t yet available for download in the library. As we continue to expand our R&D efforts, our mission is to eventually render the InstaPart service obsolete (all parts will already be readily available on SnapEDA), but in the meantime, if you’re on a tight deadline it’s an affordable way to get your parts quickly so you can get back to design.
We’re happy to announce our new issue reporting feature for symbols and footprints. You can now report any issues you find and we’ll be notified immediately. Here’s how it works: On any part page, you’ll notice the new ‘Report’ button under the symbol and footprint. Simply click on it to report an issue.
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?
We’re pleased to announce that CAD models downloaded from SnapEDA now include metadata. When downloading a component library (schematic symbol & PCB footprint) from SnapEDA, we now dynamically inject the functional description, average price at time of download across distributors, and average availability across component distributors. This metadata is important to designers as it is used when they export their bill of materials (BOM), and also for searching within their libraries. The metadata feature is supported for EAGLE, Altium, KiCad, and OrCAD libraries only at this time, however, we plan to extend to other formats in the future.
Check it out for yourself, and please let us know in the comments which formats and metadata fields we should support next.
You can now create a free, private library of your most-used electronic components on SnapEDA. After creating the library, you can then download all the symbols & PCB footprints as a single library for easy import into your design tool of choice, rather than downloading each part individually.
This quick tutorial will show you how to create your own private library on SnapEDA which can be downloaded to your design tool of choice. (SnapEDA supports export to Altium, KiCad, EAGLE, & more.)
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. Let’s explore various options for how to request parts on SnapEDA.
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 least resistance.
This is why the ability to filter parts by symbol and footprint availability is a top feature request that we get from SnapEDA users.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we have now implemented this feature (beta)!
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 the infrastructure (CAD building blocks) firmly in place to support them in this process.
Since then, our focus continues to be on expanding the library, updating export support for EDA tools, and launching innovative CAD library features, such as the first on-demand parts request service, and our Diagnostic Checker which gives engineers a report card on the quality of CAD models based on a series of algorithmic checks.