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Introducing SnapEDA on DesignSpark.com

June 14, 2021The SnapEDA Team

Today we are pleased to announce our collaboration with DesignSpark, an online design community and resource centre for design engineers provided by RS Components.

DesignSpark was launched 11 years ago, with a mission of providing resources, tools and technical support to engineers. This is certainly a mission that resonates with us here at SnapEDA, where we have been dedicated to helping engineers design electronics faster by removing barriers – which of course, all started with the EDA & ECAD models we’ve come to be known for.

Today, DesignSpark has over 1 million registered users of its flagship DesignSpark PCB design software, as well as its website which provides support for mechanical, electronic, and electrical engineers.

The new collaboration has two aspects.

First, DesignSpark PCB users will be thrilled to learn that DesignSpark PCB is now a supported export format on SnapEDA! 🎉

Secondly, we have integrated the magic of SnapEDA directly on the DesignSpark website for users of all PCB design formats to benefit from. Engineers will be able to search and download millions of CAD models — including symbols, footprints, and 3D models — provided by SnapEDA directly on DesignSpark.com and download them to their PCB design tool of choice.

Our users often tell us how easy it is to use SnapEDA, because we have gone to great lengths to provide CAD models in their native formats, without the need for additional software or scripts. The DesignSpark integration is no exception: we’ve ensured that we’re providing native CAD models just like on our own website. In addition to the DesignSpark PCB format, the new integration exports to Altium, KiCad, Autodesk EAGLE & Fusion360, Cadence Allegro, OrCAD, Pulsonix, DipTrace, Proteus, ExpressPCB Plus, CircuitStudio, PADS, PCB123, Target 3001!, and P-CAD.

For those who are new to SnapEDA, you’ll be glad to know that the vast majority of models we create are made in collaboration with component suppliers, to ensure that we’ve incorporated best practices when it comes to the manufacturability of their parts. We also follow rigorous internal standards that we’re constantly improving based on our community’s feedback. You can learn more about our standards here.

Using the new SnapEDA app on DesignSpark.com, engineers can search for electronic components based on part number, manufacturer, and specs. They can view CAD models before download, find datasheets, buy components from RS Components, and request CAD models that aren’t yet available using SnapEDA’s popular InstaPart service.

How to Download SnapEDA CAD Models from DesignSpark

1. Go to https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/snapeda-parts-finder

2. Search for any keyword like ‘bluetooth’ or ‘usb type c’

3. Select the component that fits your needs

4. Under the 2D tab, select the PCB format of your preference over the 15 formats supported by SnapEDA

5. Go to the 3D tab to see the preview of the 3D model. You will have the ability to rotate the component, zoom it in and zoom it out, etc.

6. To request parts that are not available, simply click on the request button and we will create it for you in less than 24 hours. If you don’t have credits, request them here.

A big welcome to the DesignSpark community from the SnapEDA Team. What are you waiting for? Start searching for parts now!

 

The SnapEDA Team Administrator

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