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DesignSpark PCB gets 3D upgrade

20 July 2011 News Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

RS Components has announced the release of DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package.

Working in partnership with Number One Systems, new features in DesignSpark PCB include 3D visualisation of PCB layouts and increased library management functionality. The upgraded software is free to download for new users at www.designspark.com/pcb, and existing users will be alerted to the upgrade via release alerts in the tool.

Over 50 000 users have downloaded DesignSpark PCB since its launch last year, with the tool proving to be one of the most popular free PCB design software packages available. Since then, thousands of users have contributed suggestions for development at DesignSpark, an online community and information network for electronics design engineers managed by RS Components. Version 2 has heeded these calls by providing enhanced features and functionality for users.

DesignSpark PCB has been strengthened in three key areas: a 3D viewer has been added to the tool, which enables engineers to see a three-dimensional representation of their board at any stage during design, allowing fast evaluation of mechanical design requirements within their existing eCAD package. New library features and output graphics allow users to create and save new libraries, move components directly to libraries from the design view, and provide more flexibility in reports and print options. Functionality enhancements are found in the project menu, with new design management options including command, duplication and improved resolution of angular rotation, all speeding up design test and development for users.



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