Connector maker Switchcraft is working with SnapEDA to distribute digital models of its products, to help engineers bring new products to life faster.
Over 850 Switchcraft products, including coaxial connectors (XLR & DIN) and power jacks, have been created by SnapEDA. This makes it easy to start designing with Switchcraft products rather than spending days or even weeks creating computer-aided design (CAD) models for each component in a designs.
This can be a time-consuming, error-prone and expensive process for electromechanical components which often have complex manufacturing requirements.
The symbols used in this project follow the standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and are gendered to provide user-friendly schematics. The manufacturing standards were set by Switchcraft’s engineering team, and include a solder mask expansion of 0.254mm for non-plated through holes. Additionally, these models were created to allow for panel mounted connectors to also be PCB mountable.
“Switchcraft is one of the most sought out suppliers on SnapEDA for audio & circular connectors, and power jacks. As we continue to push the boundaries for engineers in terms of design productivity, it’s important to work alongside partners who have the same interests at heart. We look forward to introducing Switchcraft to the SnapEDA community,” said Natasha Baker, CEO & Founder of SnapEDA.
“Supporting engineers and solving design challenges is what Switchcraft/Conxall is all about, and Partnering with SnapEDA to provide CAD files, footprints, and symbol diagrams is a great way to make designing with our products even easier,” said Dan Sima, Director of Marketing at Switchcraft/Conxall.
The CAD models are compatible with all major PCB design tools in the market, including Altium, Circuit Studio, DipTrace, Autodesk Eagle, Fusion 360, KiCad, Cadence OrCAD & Allegro, Mentor PADS & DxDesigner, P-CAD, PCB123, Proteus, Pulsonix, and TARGET 3001.
The symbol and footprint Switchcraft CAD models can be downloaded free on SnapEDA, as well as partner websites including Digi-Key and Mouser.