Panasonic Partnership Adds Over 75,000 New CAD Models to SnapEDA Platform

September 03, 2021 by Alessandro Mascellino

This move is aimed at helping engineers design better technologies.

Electronics design library provider SnapEDA has entered a new partnership with technology giant Panasonic.

As part of the new collaboration, over 75,000 new computer-aided design (CAD) models of Panasonic’s components have been added to the SnapEDA platform.

The move will help engineers design better electronics, including power products.


The SnapEDA Platform

SnapEDA was founded in 2013 by Natasha Baker, and in the past few years quickly grew as one of the most used parts libraries for circuit board design.

The San Francisco-based firm reportedly counts over 750,000 professional engineers who are active on the platform every year.

An example of a 2D Model. Image used courtesy of SnapEDA.

The estimated number of unique electronics products manufactured as a result of the SnapEDA platform so far is 192,000 and includes medical devices, satellites, and drones, among others.

The company counts several tech giants as its clients, including Google, Facebook, and Samsung, as well as smaller firms.


Leading CAD Models

Throughout its eight years of operations, SnapEDA entered a number of partnerships with leading electronics manufacturers, aimed at increasing the number of available designs on its platform.

For instance, back in 2018, the company partnered with Samtec to include over 100,000 new product designs.

More recently, SnapEDA entered a new collaboration with TE Connectivity, which saw the addition of roughly 25,000 new digital models.

The firm has also joined forces with DesignSpark earlier this year to provide an easier way to search for components by typing keywords or specific part numbers.

The SnapEDA platform supports over 15 PCB design formats, including Altium, KiCad, Autodesk EAGLE & Fusion360, Cadence OrCAD & Allegro, Mentor PADS, DesignSpark, Pulsonix, DipTrace, Proteus.

SnapEDA projects can be downloaded in a number of formats. Image used courtesy of SnapEDA.

The Panasonic Partnership

The addition of the new 75,000 Panasonic models will now make the SnapEDA platform even more appealing to engineers interested in designing electronics products.

According to Tetsuya Fukuzawa, Director at Panasonic Industrial Solutions, the implementation process was as quick as it was effective.

“In mere weeks, SnapEDA created and verified over 75,000 CAD models and their rapid support made the process seamless,” Fukuzawa said.

The designs include schematic symbols and PCB footprints for electronics, together with 3D mechanical models designed to ensure proper mechanical clearances and design visualization.

“Panasonic strives to provide the highest quality products to their customers and these new CAD models are no exception,” Baker said, commenting on the news.

One of the new CAD models by Panasonic. Image used courtesy of SnapEDA.

In terms of specific components, the models cover Panasonic’s radial and surface mount resistors, capacitors, and inductors.

“Our new collaboration brings thousands of new high-quality CAD models to engineers, streamlining their design process and enabling them to move to scale faster and more reliably with Panasonic components,” she added.

All the Panasonic models added to SnapEDA are based on IPC-7351B, IEEE-315, and compliant with SnapEDA standards.

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