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How do I search for parts?

You can find Schematic Symbols and PCB footprints in a number of different ways;

1 - Search via the Component Search Engine

2 - Directly via the RS Online websites

3 - Within our new Obsolescence Manager tool

4 - Or via other websites such as Traceparts, OEMsecrets or on the component manufacturers own websites.



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    Anton Sinovich

    Finding parts in DS is extremely difficult as there is no standard search nomenclature. Try to find a polarised radial capacitor with 5mm pin spacing or simply a "jumper". This is something that needs attention as the whole building a component from the manufacturer makes it manufacturer specific and to get a design out quickly one needs generic components and then one gets the parts later. Otherwise I build my own which time consuming.

    It would be great to have a user forum with their own parts which could be imported even if they are a bit messy. They could be rated and people can choose them or not.

    I find the whole DS component library a barrier to using DS over other CAD programs, even though DS has other superior features.

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