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Converting Design Speark files to other ECAD tools

Can we convert the Design Spark files into any other ECAD tool?  If yes please share the procedure. Thanks in Advance

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April 8, 2019 07:42

On the schematic side, DesignSpark PCB can output a Spice netlist for simulation.

On the PCB side, it can output a DXF file containing the board outline and holes and vias, which can be used in a mechanical cad program for checking size and mounting locations. It can also output IDF files, which contain more information, for a similar purpose.

The gerber and ODB++ files output by DesignSpark PCB are industry standard. Some higher-end PCB design packages can import gerber files and allow manipulation of the imported content, but at that point the content no longer has some of its design context (connection to schematic / higher-level symbols), so isn't as useful as a direct import of a .pcb file would be. It could still be useful for touch-up and panelization, though.

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April 4, 2019 07:44

I imagine that this would be very difficult to do as ECAD software provided for free by suppliers tend to use proprietary formats so that you have to use their tools and buy their products. You could potentially replicate the footprints/designs you need in the other ECAD tools but that would be a huge timesink.

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April 2, 2019 08:50

Normally that is a function of the other CAD system, i.e. what will it import?
I am not aware of any CAD programs that import DesignSpark PCB files.

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