Team SnapEDA updates
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Introducing the SnapEDA Chrome Extension

 

New Feature

  

We are thrilled to announce our new Chrome Extension! It enables engineers to find CAD models on every distributor website.

With the Chrome extension you can:

  • Get notified when CAD models are available while browsing your favorite distributors’ sites
  • See a preview of the 2D and 3D models from any distributor or supplier site
  • Auto-import parts into your CAD tool seamlessly with just one click
  • Request parts when they are not available

You can download the Chrome extension at www.snapeda.com/chrome and read more on our blog: https://bit.ly/3EAgbfr

SnapEDA now supports Zuken eCADSTAR

 

New CAD Exporter

  

SnapEDA now supports Zuken eCADSTAR. Through this collaboration, Zuken eCADSTAR users can design electronics faster by downloading SnapEDA’s ready-to-use symbols, footprints, and 3D models.

Additionally, users of eCADSTAR will also be able to access SnapEDA’s search engine directly within Zuken eCADSTAR’s PCB design platform, making all the capabilities offered on the SnapEDA platform available directly within Zuken eCADSTAR, including: component discovery, CAD downloads, visibility into real-time manufacturing checks with SnapEDA’s patented verification technology, access to electronic component datasheets, pricing and availability, and other community features. Learn more on our blog: https://bit.ly/3y4h4dT

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Updates to our OrCAD & Allegro exporter

 

Improvement

  

At SnapEDA, we're always looking for new ways to improve your experience with CAD models, to make your lives easier.

Here are the latest updates to our Allegro exporter based on your feedback!

  • Fixed issue where input pins with the same footprint connections were named the same and throwing warnings. Pins are now made to be unique instead.
  • Fixed an edge case where some power pins were inappropriately categorized as input pins
  • Fixed an edge case, where schematic symbols were not expanding correctly
  • Fixed issue where top polygons were not converted properly if they were overlapping pads.

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SnapEDA Desktop is now Available!

 

New Feature

  

Today, we are announcing our new desktop app to help you design electronics in a snap. You can now place parts in your CAD tool directly from SnapEDA without following extra steps.

Main features of the SnapEDA desktop app include:

  • Ability to discover parts. You just need to have a general keyword or spec in mind and our proprietary search engine will do the magic to help you find exactly what you need.
  • Place parts directly into your tool
  • Add parts to your local library
  • Even if your CAD tool is closed, we automatically open it for you to place the part

Learn more on our blog: https://bit.ly/3qOKb35

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New updates to our KiCad exporter!

 

Improvement

  

To keep improving the SnapEDA experience in KiCad, we've made some new improvements to our exporter:

  • We now support the bottom fabrication layer (B.Fab layer)! This layer is often used to add component outlines and other instructions for manufacturing.
  • We have updated the way we handle custom pads based on your feedback on the KiCad forum to ensure DRC is working correctly. We are now placing custom-shaped polygons into the pad primitive.
  • We improve the placement of informational text used in schematic symbols to prevent overlaps
  • We now support rounded rectangular pads
  • Improvements to handling of IEEE-315 schematic symbol translation to KiCad, including small details like handling of arrows to show current flow, etc.
  • Fixes to how we handle arcs in PCB footprints
  • Fixed a bug where the "PCB Edge" text would be added with an active low line

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We've added 75,000 new Panasonic CAD models to save you time

 

New Supplier Models

 

 

We've added over 75,000 new CAD models for Panasonic's passive components, including their radial and surface mount resistors, capacitors and inductors.

The new models include schematic symbols and PCB footprints for electronics design, as well as 3D mechanical models to ensure proper mechanical clearances and design visualization. In addition to the CAD models themselves, engineers using SnapEDA can also see a real-time quality report generated by SnapEDA’s patented verification technology.

Read more on our blog.

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You can now see restricted PCB areas in the SnapEDA Viewer

 

Improvement

 

 

You can now see restricted areas on PCB footprints before downloading the footprint. Previously this layer was only seen in the CAD model itself after download.

Restricted areas indicate where copper and traces should not be placed on your board to ensure proper performance and manufacturability.

You'll see this new layer on products that require restricted areas. These areas are displayed using hashed blue lines. You can check out an example here!

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SnapEDA now supports DesignSpark PCB

 

New Feature

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome the DesignSpark PCB community to SnapEDA. With new support for the popular PCB design software, engineers can now search and download millions of CAD models, many of which have been made in collaboration with our incredible supplier partners, directly in the DesignSpark PCB format.

To get started, simply search for a part, select Download and then the DesignSpark PCB format. Import instructions are available here.

We hope this new collaboration will help DesignSpark PCB users design electronics faster!

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Updates to the SnapEDA Verification Checker: Automated verification of Pin 1, pin sequence, and swap levels

 

Improvement

 

 

We've added new checks to our verification technology! To help provide more transparency into the quality of CAD models we provide on SnapEDA, our verification checker will now check for the presence of a Pin 1 indicator, check for anomalies in the pin sequence of a footprint, as well as check swap levels. Why are these new checks important?

  • Pin 1: Marking pin 1 is essential to understand the orientation of the component during debugging, and to ensure components are oriented correctly during assembly, particularly for components that are hand-assembled.
  • Pin sequence: You've verified the pin mapping between your symbol and footprint, but did you check the pin sequence on your footprint? Although a more rare point of failure as compared to pin mappings, if you've made an error with the sequence, then you'll have introduced a major issue. SnapEDA can now check pin sequence and flag anomalies!
  • Swap levels: If swap levels haven't been added to your component, then your EDA tool won't be able to use features like gate swapping correctly. We now have a check to ensure swap levels have been added correctly.

We hope these new verification checks provide you with more transparency into the quality of your libraries.

Let us know which checks you'd like to see next!

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The latest updates to our Allegro exporter

 

Improvement

 

 

Here are the latest improvements to our Allegro exporter:

  • Polygons are now supported on the bottom side board layers
  • Special text like 'PCB Edge' in the documentation layer is now supported
  • Proper usage and placement of the DEV parameter: We now show the part number, and place it within the Package_Geometry_Assembly_Top and Package_Geometry_Silkscreen_Top layers, instead of the Device type Assembly_Top Layer
  • Repositioning of the Ref Des to prevent overlapping with other elements

Our goal is to provide fully native and high quality Allegro libraries, so if you have other feedback for us, please keep it coming!