Unified interface for PCB component models

January 12, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Unified interface for PCB component models
TraceParts and SnapEDA team for a unified interface for PCB footprints, schematic symbols and 3D MCAD models

TraceParts and SnapEDA have teamed for a strategic content syndication partnership that gives a unified interface for PCB models.

The content partnership helps electronics engineers and designers source PCB footprints, schematic symbols, and 3D CAD models for millions of electronic components.

Engineering files can be downloaded from TraceParts.com or SnapEDA.com, and then imported to hundreds of ECAD & MCAD tools. This gives access to millions of free design resources to help engineers and designers to save time while designing printed circuit boards, and also drastically reduce the risk of errors.

This also helps electronic component manufacturers such as Samtec, Nicomatic and TE Connectivity reach new customers through a more streamlined MCAD and ECAD workflow.

This allows them to provide their mechanical and electronics engineering customers with native product geometry as well as rich product attributes directly embedded within the CAD models.

“Our new collaboration with TraceParts will greatly expand the breadth of 3D mechanical models we provide through SnapEDA’s platform and syndication network,” said Natasha Baker, Founder & CEO of SnapEDA.

“Our recent annual survey showed that over 75 percent of electronics designers now use 3D models in their designs, and increasingly want a well-integrated ECAD & MCAD experience. With our new collaboration with TraceParts, we’re thrilled to be able to provide the seamless experience that engineers expect, with 3D models merged directly within our PCB footprints.”

“The combination of these two complementary types of design assets empowers our catalogs of electronics components with specific PCB metadata, footprints and schematic product information. That means our customers, like electronic component manufacturers and distributors, can give access to their entire engineering data through TraceParts.com and the entire TraceParts Publishing Network, but also via the TraceParts EasyLink content syndication solutions and APIs,” said Bertrand Cressent, Product Portfolio Global Manager at TraceParts.

The TraceParts portal provides access to hundreds of supplier catalogues and more than 110 million

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