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How to down load a component to a library?

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  • Boss .

    If you have the symbol downloaded and placed on the schematic then when you translate to PCB or Forward the design changes the footprint should be added.

    Did the download from the search engine work?

    Did the component attach to the cursor?

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  • David Goodell

    I should have given more information. I am not using a schematic. I started with a schematic but something happened - I don't remember what - I abandoned the schematic and placed the components and traces manually. In the future I will be using schematics. The current project is not all that complicated. In this current project i have downloaded a couple connectors and placed them on the board but for some reason it was always a struggle. I downloaded the surface mount 4049 hex inverter from rs.componentsearchengine.com, unzipped it but I see no foot print to place on the board. Nothing shows up. I'm doing something wrong. It should not be this difficult... I am missing something fundamental. I need a good tutorial or something.

     

    Any ideas?  Thanks, David

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  • David Goodell

    When I down load the file for MC14049BDR2G the file has an extension of .dsl 

    Is that what I want??

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  • Boss .

    Sounds like you have installed or set up Library Loader?

    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004469365-How-do-I-install-and-configure-Library-Loader-

    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004510445-How-do-I-use-PCB-Part-Library-with-Library-Loader-

    Using Library Loader would be my suggested route as once set up it is so quick to use and will add the component, schematic and footprint to your library. If you cannot get this to function contact Samacsys who are very helpful or post back here.

    The DSL file (think thats short for DSPCB Sript Language) can be manually extracted as described here (mainly for older OS's such as XP which are not supported), it's more steps to use the manual method but it is a fall back option.

    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004300325-How-can-I-add-DSL-files-to-my-library-
    You will need to add the component, schematic and PCB symbols as described.

    I also wonder if you are missing all the tutorials?
    https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/201145765-DesignSpark-PCB

    Hope that helps.

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  • Brad Levy

    As Boss said, the easiest approach is to use the Library Loader utility. Follow the links he posted for installing and configuring it (if you haven't already done so). Then launch DS PCB and the Library Loader. Click on the Search for Parts link in the Library Loader window, and it will open up the rs.componentsearchengine.com for you. When you download the part from there to the folder you configured Library Loader for, it will automatically extract the content from the downloaded file and add it to your user libraries in the proper format. If DS PCB is actively running when you do this, it will also pre-select that component for insertion into your schematic or PCB.

    If you forget to launch the library loader before downloading the component, you can launch the Library Loader afterwards, but it won't automatically notice the newly downloaded component. To manually trigger the loader to extract the dowloaded component into your user libraries, open the loader window and click on the Open ECAD Model link. In the open dialog, click on the component you downloaded (which will usually be named LIB_componentname.zip, with componentname replaced by the name of the component).
    I did take a look at the specific part you are downloading, and verified it downloaded okay here using the Library Loader.

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  • David Goodell

    Everyone - thank you for all the help. Not much time this week so I hope to go over all this over the weekend. I'll post how I make out...

     

    Thanks again,  David

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  • David Goodell

    I think its all working now. Re-loaded some things - seems to be working now.

    One thing I have not figured out - when I place a surface mount component one the board

    I can only place it on the top layer. I see no way to put it on the bottom layer.

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  • Boss .

    You need the Flip command, shortcut while the component is selected to flip it to the other side.

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