Free high-quality CAD models available now in all PCB formats from Mentor

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Mentor Graphics has partnered with SamacSys to provide free PCB symbols, footprints and 3D models from within PartQuest, Mentor’s online platform for finding component information. The SamacSys CAD library content reduces the time spent on library part creation.

SamacSys provides accurate component ECAD data, and has been selected to provide high-quality CAD models for Mentor’s PADS, xDX Designer and Xpedition PCB design solutions. Components found on PartQuest can now be downloaded into any Mentor PCB format without the need for manually extracting information from datasheets to create the CAD models. SamacSys’ tools are able deliver live, IPC-standard quality-checked parts libraries that never go out of date.

Engineers and PCB designers now have access to a library containing more than 13 million components. Users of PartQuest will now see the globally recognised ‘green icon’ from SamacSys next to the components they wish to design-in. This new content reduces library development time and improves design accuracy during the product development cycle.

When a manufacturer brings a new component to the market, SamacSys’ PCB Library Wizard allows users to create their own IPC-compliant components for instant download.

Commenting AJ Incorvaia, Vice President and General Manager, Board Systems Division at Mentor, said: “Engineers and electronics innovators around the world need to spend their valuable time on product development, to bring their ideas to market. Access to Mentor’s full suite of PCB design solutions and market-leading content from SamacSys can significantly reduce project times when developing technologies such as connected devices.”

Alex MacDougall, Managing Director at SamacSys, added: “Engineers have wasted time on PCB library activities for decades. It’s important that technical content is available to improve design efficiency.”