DesignSpark Creator Support FAQs
Frequently asked questions
What is DesignSpark Creator?
DesignSpark Creator is a mid-tier paid package with 3D modelling and PCB design software, complimented by engineering design services. It is a powerful design platform that can help take your prototypes to market and get enriched data on the parts you design in.
Here’s what you get in the DesignSpark Creator pack (as of November 2022 – beta phase):
DesignSpark PCB - unlimited schematic sheets and PCB layer count, multiple file formats, Create BOMs and get RS pricing, View PCBs in 3D, Generate Manufacturing plots and IDFs for mechanical enclosure design, Design Rule Check and Examine PCB before production.
DesignSpark Mechanical - 2D Sketch and 3D Geometry toolset, Import RSDOCS and IDFs (for PCB), 3D Mirror tool, Detailing tools to annotate parts and create manufacturing drawings, Exchange designs with SOLIDWORKS®, CATIA™ and AutoCAD® users in STEP, IGES, DXF and DWG formats, Measure and Quality tools, Enhanced Shading, and lighting, Create and export BOMs.
Access to online component libraries (2D symbols, 2D footprints, 3D models)
Parts intelligence – Risk assessment (Lifecycle, Supply Chain, Environmental), Conflict minerals, DRC status, MPN search, RS Stock number search, Datasheets, CAS numbers, EU RoHS, China RoHS and REACH compliance status, Environment Friendly Use Period (EFUP), Product status (active, obsolete, etc.), Part Category and description.
Learning and Support - self-learning content (FAQs, tutorials, guides, advanced tips), support centre (troubleshooting articles) and community forum.
And, coming soon:
- Cloud-based electronic circuit simulation and schematic design tool.
- Cloud-based reference designs - supplier products and commonly used electrical circuits.
- Sustainable Design Solutions.
Who uses DesignSpark Creator?
DesignSpark Creator enables users to take prototypes further with its advanced software feature set and design services. For example, you can be a maker or small business owner looking for low-cost design resources to enter the market with your cutting-edge product.
Is DesignSpark Creator free-of-charge?
No, a paid subscription is required.
Is commercial use allowed on the DesignSpark Explorer plan and is my design IP protected?
Yes, commercial use is allowed on the DesignSpark Explorer plan. You will have full ownership (including Intellectual Property - IP) of any project you create with our software. Design files from our primary CAD software (DesignSpark Mechanical and PCB) are saved locally on the device you have installed the software to. Therefore, only you can access your own design files.
How many copies of each software can I install with 1 DesignSpark Creator licence?
With DesignSpark Creator, you can have up to 2 copies of each software installed on any computer. Higher plans allow more copies per software.
How can I convert my DesignSpark Creator licence to an Explorer or Engineer licence?
Make sure you are logged in to DesignSpark.com and then look for ‘manage subscription’ in your account area. Select your new subscription plan and you will be guided through the remaining steps.
Do I need to renew my DesignSpark Creator licence?
All our DesignSpark subscriptions auto-renew monthly, and you can choose to cancel (before the next billing date) via the manage subscription option in your account area. Once cancelled, you will have access to the subscription content until the next billing date.