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RS Components upgrades DesignSpark PCB with 3D

14 March 2011

RS Components has released DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package. Working in partnership with Number One Systems, new features in DesignSpark PCB include novel 3D visualisation of PCB layout plus increased library management functionality. The upgraded version 2 software is free to download for new users, and existing users will be alerted to the upgrade via release alerts in the tool.

Over 50,000 users have downloaded DesignSpark PCB since launching eight months ago, 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, the online community and information network for electronics design engineers managed by RS. Version 2 utilises this information, 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.  This 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 provides 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.

Commenting for RS, Mark Cundle, Technical Marketing Manager said “Following the success of the initial launch and adoption, we’ve been able to use the DesignSpark community to get real-time information and feedback on what engineers like and value when using DesignSpark PCB.  This has enabled us to quickly prioritise and develop version 2 based on what our users have told us they want from the worlds most powerful free PCB design tool.”

Martin Keenan, Technical Marketing Engineer for DesignSpark PCB added “Free-to-use software tools are valued by engineers when they reduce not just cost, but time-to-market for new designs.  With new 3D visualisation, enhanced features and functionality, DesignSpark PCB delivers faster development and migration for free, meeting the requirements of our user community.”

DesignSpark PCB Version 2 can be downloaded, activated here, with feedback and user support forums also available here

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