*Free for commercial or non-commercial use, no limitations or licensing.
Born from our belief that providing free engineering resources inspires innovation in our customers, DesignSpark PCB is an excellent electronics design tool that will help you saving time and money. Click here to learn how others use it!
NEW: Version 5 has arrived! installation/upgrade instructions
Check out the new features added to enable you to route faster and produce neater designs:
NEW: on-line Tutorials
If you used previous versions, you are probably familiar with the PDF Tutorials built-in to the software. We have now ported them on-line to open this excellent knowledge base for community contribution. Click here to view the new on-line Tutorials
DesignSpark PCB is packed with unique features designed to significantly reduce your concept-to-production design time:
- access to free ModelSource on-line library (80,000+ footprints and symbols) - introduce new parts to your designs in a blink of an eye
- access to instant BOM generation and component purchase via BOM Quote function
- access to instant prototype board manufacturing quotes via PCB Quote function
DesignSpark PCB Software overview:
DesignSpark PCB is offered completely Free of Charge and fully featured. This is not a cut down version of an expensive product or one with a time limitation on license. (There are no intentional restrictions on designs). There are unlimited schematic sheets per project, up to 1m squared of board size and no limits on layers, which allow you to get your creativity flowing without restraints. DesignSpark PCB circuit design software can be used for schematic capture, PCB board design & layout, generating impressive 3D View to visualise your design in real time, and generating manufacturing files.
DesignSpark PCB supports importing of Eagle CAD design files, circuit diagrams and libraries (See the Eagle import tutorial under help menu in DesignSpark PCB for further information). In addition to extensive libraries, sophisticated part creation wizards make it easy to design new parts from scratch or by amending downloaded symbols and footprints. Bill of Materials (BOM) report can also be generated at any time; these give RS Components order numbers where appropriate.
DesignSpark PCB allows you to generate all the files required to take your project from circuit diagram to layout schematic to a circuit board built project. Gerbers (Extended RS-274-X), Excellons, component positions report are available to make your design compatible with pick and place machines ready for automated PCB assembly (reflow oven process). Other output formats include DXF (import and export) and IDF for interfacing to mechanical CAD software tools.
Whether you are a professional designer making money from your designs, an electronics education professional, a student or a hobbyist seeking an easy to use, professional standard, unrestricted schematic capture and PCB layout tool, then DesignSpark PCB is right for you!
DesignSpark PCB is based on community feedback and all software development, enhancements and new features derive from your comments, design work and experiences you share with other members.
Learn more about the features of DesignSpark PCB, ModelSource and BOM Quote.
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