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RS Components has announced that its DesignSpark online engineering community has grown to more than 750 000 members. DesignSpark was launched in 2010 to provide design engineers and students around the globe with free tools, resources and content.

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“We would like to say a huge thank you to every single member of the DesignSpark community. There is a great feeling of togetherness within the community and it is great to see how engineers are able to support each other to achieve amazing things with the help of our tools and resources,” says Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark.

“Since day one, the aim of RS has been to give something back to the electronics industry through DesignSpark by providing free professional tools and resources for engineers around the world. We are proud to see the sustained rapid growth of DesignSpark and are committed to further enhancing our platform for the growing user base.”

He adds that RS Components has continued to improve the functionality and range of resources available through the DesignSpark ecosystem over the past nine years. This has resulted in a large increase in new members, with more than 35% of DesignSpark’s current membership having joined over the past two years, Bray says.

Registering on DesignSpark is completely free of charge, with all members gaining instant access to:

  • DesignSpark PCB, a professional-grade schematic-capture and PCB design software package

  • DesignSpark Mechanical, an advanced 3D CAD tool based on direct modelling techniques

  • DesignSpark Electrical, a fully specified electrical CAD package for the design of control panel, machinery and electrical systems

  • PCB Part Library, a huge library of schematic symbols and PCB footprints, which are compatible with all leading PCB software packages including Altium, Zuken, Mentor Graphics, Cadence, Target, Pulsonix, Eagle and DesignSpark PCB

  • 3D Model Library, with thousands of 3D models available to use in CAD designs

  • DesignSpark Toolbox App, which includes 27 calculation tools, comparison tables, news, projects and many other features

  • Zerynth Studio, a middleware for IoT, which enables the most popular 32-bit microcontrollers to be programmed in Python or C/Python and connect to the top cloud platforms

  • Obsolescence Manager, a tool enabling engineers and purchasing professionals to monitor and review the lifecycle status of products within a bill of materials and select alternatives

In addition to free tools and resources, DesignSpark provides a platform for members to share their projects and opinions, and connect with other engineers and students.

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