SnapEDA Introduces the KiCad Plugin


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SnapEDA has a new offering, that will make it even easier for engineers to access CAD content. A new KiCad Plugin allows engineers to search, discover, and download content for electronic components directly from within the software where they’re designing PCBs.

KiCad is a free, open-source PCB design software that has been gaining popularity in the PCB design industry. Over the last few years, it has been growing at the same year-over-year rate as the industry’s leading PCB tools in terms of design activity in our professional PCB design community. Specifically for KiCad, the company has seen 345% growth of design activity over the last 3 years.

Being open source, KiCad’s ethos is to make electronics accessible and open, and we strongly resonate with that belief. For that reason, it’s also central to the open hardware movement.

Over the years, millions of CAD models have been loaded into the SnapEDA database, which are all accessible within the new plugin. Additionally, users will benefit from live updates to the SnapEDA library. The Component Engineering team adds thousands of new components each week, which are synced with the plugin in real-time.

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