RS Launches Upgrade to Free PCB DesignSpark Tool

RS Components, the creator of the free DesignSpark PCB design software, has debuted an upgraded professional level PCB design package called DesignSpark PCB Pro.

RS is also launching DesignSpark online engineering and PCB design environment. While the free version has a lot of capabilities, it cannot handle many of the new functions in PCB design. 


A screeenshot of a PCB being designed using DesignSpark software.

DesignSpark PCB

The award winning DesignSpark PCB software tool is a free CAD package for schematic creation and editing and PCB design. This is one of the few free tools that does not place limits on the number of schematic sheets, nets, pads, or connections. It also has a well designed integrated parts library.

DesignSpark PCB Pro

The new DesignSpark PCB Pro software has all of the free features it's free counterpart has. RS developed this tool to provide an affordable software package that encompasses some of the features of more robust and expensive tools. Upgrades were made to accommodate designers and increasingly complex designs and include a new design interface, the ability to design with blind and buried vias, hierarchical blocks, and design for manufacturability checks. A new library management system can import schematic symbols, PCB footprints, and even 3D models. This new tool costs just $449 and does not require annual license renewals or subscriptions like the high-cost providers require.

"With the addition of DesignSpark PCB Pro, RS Components is excited to add yet another cost-effective, easy-to-use professional tool to the resources available through our 850,000 member-strong DesignSpark online engineering community," said Cameron Ward, senior vice president of RS Components. "We remain committed to finding new ways to enable and partner with electronics designers, engineers and buyers across the entire product lifecycle."

DesignSpark PCB is a free PCB design tool. Read our article about 5 Free PCB Design Software Tools that are available.