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Good morning Sirs, I'm using your program since 3 days and all is working OK but... my only problem is that I can't make my own components for SCH designs

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November 13, 2019 22:32

As support says, the online PCB Part Library (accessed using the Library Loader) is a good source for many parts. If a part you need doesn't already exist in that library, it will let you submit a request for it to be created, and will usually be available within a day or two. There are also tools for factoring high-pin-count parts into multiple smaller symbols gates which can be placed on separate sheets of the schematic.

If you are looking to create more graphic (vs black box) versions of schematic symbols, the built-in wizards in DS PCB's library manager are fairly useful.

I think the most common stumbling block on creating parts for use in DS PCB is not realizing that, while there are schematic symbols and PCB symbols, what you actually add to your schematics and PCBs are components, not the bare symbols. The component ties together the symbol(s) and the other information describing the part, like the part number, manufacturer, value (for resistors, caps, inductors), and mapping from the schematic symbol pin numbers to the PCB symbol pad numbers. So if you've created a schematic symbol using the built-in wizard in the library manager, then went to add it to your schematic and couldn't find it in the list of components to add, you need to go back to the library manager and create a component for the schematic symbol to be a part of.
The nice thing is, you can re-use schematic symbols in more than one component. For example, there are many comparators and op amps that can all use the same triangle gate to indicate the internal functionality. And a dual or quad op amp can use the same schematic symbol multiple times to represent the multiple internal sections of the component.

Have a look at the tutorials support mentioned, and at the built-in help in DS PCB (shortcut: F1). Both are helpful.

If you get stuck, come on back (or post in the user forums at https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/topics) and we'll get you straightened out.

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November 13, 2019 08:56

Please have a look at our support documentation and videos https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/201145765-DesignSpark-PCB
For creating components we recommend using our online resource PCB Part Library with Library Loader. This is detailed in the first two articles here https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/115000311505-PCB-Part-Library

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