Expanded range of free electronic CAD models, from RS

July 15, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
RS Components says it is providing “easy access” to a wide range of CAD models that will save engineers’s time; the company has set up an agreement with SamacSys to access its ECAD Part Wizard and component models for use in all popular PCB design tools.

RS has secured exclusive distributor access to the SamacSys ECAD Part Wizard ( http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/) (EPW) and a range of high-quality ready-to-use electronic component ECAD models. The models support all popular ECAD tool formats, including the RS DesignSpark PCB software, and are available for download along with the EPW application completely free of charge via the DesignSpark website ( http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/).

In conjunction with SamacSys, RS is working with leading component manufacturers to provide accurate and high-quality ECAD models that offer schematic symbol and PCB footprint information for electronic parts. This allows rapid design-in, fewer PCB errors and significant time savings, RS asserts.

ECAD Part Wizard provides design engineers with full control of the schematic symbol fracturing process. This includes the number of fractures to be created, the placement of pins around the sides of each fracture (left, right, top and bottom), and the order in which each pin is displayed. In addition, EPW provides PCB-layout component footprints, all of which are IPC compliant with user-selectable least, nominal and maximum footprint options.

These new ECAD models are available to download via the RS website, directly from within the EPW tool or from the RS Product Data Library (PDL) and have been created to help engineers with their rapid prototyping design process. Currently the PDL holds more than two million part numbers from more than 500 manufacturers with five million individual pieces of technical documentation and computer aided engineering files to support engineers in the design process. DesignSpark users can request the prompt creation of a specific component model if it is not already available in the library.

“The completely free availability of the SamacSys EPW and this wide range of ECAD models can be a significant aid to engineers,” said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components. “It enables designers to spend more time on innovation in their projects rather than wasting valuable resources by having to