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 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.
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.