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RS releases new design platform available from the DesignSpark community

07 September 2015

RS Components has released the first version of a new software tool for electrical systems design engineers - DesignSpark Electrical.

Joining the existing, award-winning DesignSpark software tools - DesignSpark PCB and DesignSpark Mechanical - the new software brings the benefits of a high-function design platform to all those not already using electrical CAD tools - and it is free to download for new or existing members of the DesignSpark community.

The new software targets electrical design engineers and other electrical professionals, providing an intuitive and easy-to-use platform that reduces errors, boosts productivity and avoids the high cost and complexity of mainstream CAD software.

DesignSpark Electrical is a fully specified electrical CAD package that will be of considerable benefit to control panel, machinery and electrical system designers. Being completely free, it provides access to the functionality of electrical CAD for businesses that in many cases cannot reasonably justify the considerable price tag per seat for existing commercial electrical CAD software.

A key element of the DesignSpark Electrical software is the integration of a library that comprises more than 250,000 components and parts from leading suppliers, including 80,000 parts from Schneider Electric who provided support to RS during the development of the software, plus 10,000 parts from RS, all of which can be easily added to customers' electrical systems designs.

Other key features include intelligent and specialist electrical design tools, real-time referencing and validity checking to allow the creation of accurate, error-free 2D panel layouts that optimise use of panel space.

Also built into the software is a Bill-of-Materials (BoM), which is automatically generated as soon as parts are selected from the library and placed on the design page. The BoM function also provides a running quote of material costs as a project progresses, ensuring the design is kept within budget.

Some 14 languages are supported in the release version, with more to come. A particularly useful feature for projects that involve staff speaking more than one language is a dual-language capability that allows the design pages to be populated with two chosen languages.

RS Components' global head of product marketing, Glenn Jarrett says the introduction of this new software tool removes cost barriers in a single stroke and passes on the key benefits of electrical CAD to all engineers.

“The high cost and the learning time that is required of existing commercial electrical CAD tools have been major barriers to adoption for many companies,” he says. "Over the past five years or so, via the company’s DesignSpark initiative, RS has continually invested and worked with world-leading partners such as Schneider Electric to bring important design tools, component libraries and a host of other resources to engineers working in electronics, mechanical and now electrical design.”

DesignSpark Electrical is now available for free download here.

In addition, the following introductory video clips are available: top five reasons to use DesignSpark Electrical and a quick start tutorial 

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