SnapEDA is an electronics design data company. Our current product is an online CAD library that provides PCB footprints and schematic symbols for millions of electronic components. Our goal is to provide comprehensive coverage for all electronic components, along with full interoperability with EDA tools and transparency into quality. Our technology exports to seven major design tools, including Cadence OrCAD/Allegro, Altium, Mentor PADS, Eagle, KiCad, & Pulsonix.
Going forward, SnapEDA plans to expand to other forms of design data. The same philosophy that we apply to our symbols & footprints will apply to these forms of data: interoperability with EDA tools and transparency into quality.
We believe that having free, ready-to-use design data should be a fundamental right for electronics designers. Having the basic building blocks needed to get started capturing or laying out a design can help designers focus on what they're best at -- design -- rather than reinventing the wheel creating CAD parts. This added productivity fuels innovation, and that's what we're passionate about at SnapEDA.
Our basic CAD library of individually downloadable PCB footprints and schematic symbols will always be free for this reason.
For professional designers who need productivity-enhancing features, we offer a Premium version. The Premium version provides 24-hour parts requests, private libraries of CAD parts that can be downloaded in bulk, and unlimited 3D STEP models for components. To compare plans, see our Pricing Page.
No. We consider ourselves an EDA data company and have no intentions of releasing any design software. We work collaboratively with existing EDA tools, rather than compete with them.
Yes, the license for individual CAD symbols and footprints allows you to use them in commercial manufactured designs without attribution or other license restrictions. See What is the license for symbols and footprints for the full legal text.
The license for individual CAD symbols and footprints allows you use them in commercial and non-commercial manufactured designs without attribution or other license restrictions (details below).
Individual CAD symbols and footprints on SnapEDA are licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA) with the Design Exception 1.0. This license allows designers to use CAD files downloaded from SnapEDA for commercial and personal use free of charge, and make derivative works. If CAD files, or derivatives thereof, are shared publicly, attribution must be given to the source (SnapEDA and the original author, as applicable), as outlined by the requirements of the license.
Use of the SnapEDA website is governed by the Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use.
In short, you cannot use the SnapEDA website for the purpose of sharing the content on the Internet or within an EDA tool, but otherwise you are free to use the files for designs.
The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA) normally applies to derivative works containing CAD symbols and footprints from SnapEDA, including designs, design files and manufactured boards. However, we decided that you should be able to use CAD symbols and footprints to design and produce any printed circuit board, regardless of the license. Therefore, the license for CAD symbols and footprints contains the following Design Exclusion 1.0:
You have permission to propagate a work of a design, design file(s) and/or manufactured board(s) formed by combining CAD symbols and footprints provided by SnapEDA, even if such propagation would otherwise violate the terms of CC BY-SA. You may then convey such a combination under terms of your choice.
If the CAD part you need is not yet available on SnapEDA, you can request it. With the Basic plan, you can request one free part per month, however we cannot guarantee delivery time. With the Premium version, we guarantee delivery before by the next business day.
As a designer, it always necessary to verify symbol-to-footprint mappings and footprint dimensions before taking your boards to production.
Additionally, SnapEDA is innovating in this space by providing unprecedented transparency into the quality of CAD parts, helping designers catch errors before they happen. One example of this is the SnapEDA Checker. The checker runs algorithms through each CAD file to check for common manufacturing issues.
The checker runs through DFM rules, such as silkscreen clearance, solder mask/paste sizes, zero component orientation, and naming. The check also does unique full-data analysis to identify possible errors.
Additionally, users can also approve or disapprove CAD parts to provide a feedback loop to other designers.
SnapEDA provides only a starting point, but it should always be verified. We do, however, offer a verification system that allows engineers to vouch for parts, or flag issues they see. This is a feedback loop for any issues you may find in the CAD library, however while it serves as a general frame of reference, CAD data must always be verified before sending a design to manufacturing.
1) SnapEDA creates CAD data internally using a combination of automation algorithms and manual creation (the goal is to get to as full automation as possible)
2) SnapEDA is beginning to work more closely with semiconductor manufacturers to make their design content accessible on SnapEDA
All footprints created by SnapEDA conform to IPC standards, and all symbols follow a combination of ANSI IEC and our own internal symbol standards. As time goes on, we plan to incorporate more global standards and allow engineers to dynamically modify the CAD data to meet the standards in their particular geographic region or company.
SnapEDA exports to OrCAD/Allegro, Altium, Eagle, KiCad, PADS and Pulsonix for symbols and footprints. There may be corner cases however where export is more limited for the time being.
Follow these steps to import into Cadence Allegro:
Extract files to your padstack path
The ZIP archive file downloaded from SnapEDA contains a Windows batch file, with a BAT file extension, which automates the import of all padstack and the package into Allegro. Follow these steps to import automatically:
Note: Some version of Allegro will repeatedly ask to import the padstack. If this happens, click the X button to close the Command Window.
Follow these steps to import into OrCAD Capture:
Follow these steps to import into Altium:
Follow these steps to import into Eagle:
After unzipping the zip file, follow the instructions below:
Older Versions of KiCad
Follow these steps to import into Pulsonix:
Extract files to your preferred path
To import the symbol
To import the footprint
To import the part
Extract files to your preferred path
To import symbol
To import footprint
To import part
Currently SnapEDA can mass import symbols and footprints from Eagle files. We plan to expand the functionality of our import tools based on demand. Please contact us if there's a software tool you'd like to see supported.
You should now be able to open a board or schematic file and see the SnapEDA icon in your toolbar.
Yes! We have two APIs available depending on how you intend to use the data. Please contact us to learn more.
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