DesignSpark PCB is a free electronic design application produced by RS Components, and is just one of a number of application which may be downloaded from their DesignSpark online gateway. Completion of a free user registration process is required in order to activate the DesignSpark software, after which it becomes fully functional.
Major features of DesignSpark PCB include schematic editing, together with manual and autorouted PCB design.
A useful range of reports are also available including a Bill of Materials, which will include part details from RS components, where available. Interactive 3-dimensional visualisation of the completed PCB is also offered.
DesignSpark PCB does not currently support circuit simulation as a native feature, but netlists may be exported to other simulation software using a range of popular Spice-based formats. A number of standard import and export file formats are provided including import of Eagle Intermediate Schematic/PCB files, and export of PCB-related data in DXF, IDF and LPKF file formats.