Second anniversary of DesignSpark and DesignSpark PCB marks dual success for RS Components

Two years after launch, RS’ free online design resources and PCB design tool continue to grow in popularity among engineers

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is celebrating the second anniversary of DesignSpark, its free-to-access online design environment that provides engineers worldwide with trusted and reliable technical information and resources.  DesignSpark PCB, the company’s multi award-winning free PCB software design tool, developed by RS to make complex, open-source designs available to engineers, is also two years old this month.

DesignSpark was conceived by RS as an online gateway to support engineers throughout the design process by bringing together design information, user reviews and blogs, and free-of-charge tools. Its popularity has surged since its introduction in July 2010, and today it boasts more than 90,000 registered members.  DesignSpark PCB has been an important feature in attracting engineers from all over the world to the RS website, and the number of downloads of the unrestricted schematic capture and PCB layout software has soared to more than 140,000.

“DesignSpark has gone from strength to strength over the past two years,” said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components. “Its success and popularity lies in its ability to make practical, intelligent resources readily available to design engineers online, supporting them through the design process and enabling them to complete their projects more quickly.”

Within DesignSpark, the Spark Store is host to an array of free design tools, including a library of thousands of 3D CAD models, and this is updated frequently as new tools are released by RS or shared by users.

The extent of information available on DesignSpark is continually evolving, with initiatives like chipKIT Challenge, RS’ open source design competition in association with Microchip, and the new Raspberry Pi design centre, which provides Raspberry Pi users with value-added resources, reviews and road tests, accounting for a large proportion of increased visitors to the site over the past year.

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