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High-quality subscription plans at affordable prices.

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Explorer

Free
Always. No hidden fees

  • For the curious and intrepid. Our award-winning design resources allow you make an easy leap from concept to prototype.
  • Accelerate your design process with our easy-to-use CAD software and libraries
  • Access self-learning materials including tutorials, videos, FAQs and discussion forums
Subscribe to Explorer
  • Unlimited schematic size and PCB layer count
  • Export to mechanical design software and Spice simulators
  • Manufacturing plots (Gerber, Excellon, drill, etc.) and reports (BoM, generic netlist, etc. )
  • Design rules checker and editor
  • Unlimited projects and design size

Creator


per month

Free until 31st March 2023

  • If you're ready to take your designs to the next level, unlock the gateway now.
  • Boost your productivity with expanded software features including the next generation DesignSpark Mechanical and DesignSpark PCB tools
  • Access enhanced learning materials, only found in this subscription level including advanced tips & tricks, tutorials, videos, FAQs and discussion forums
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  • Unlimited schematic size and PCB layer count
  • Export to mechanical design software and Spice simulators
  • Manufacturing plots (Gerber, Excellon, drill, etc.) and reports (BoM, generic netlist, etc. )
  • Design rules checker and editor
  • Bill of Materials composer

Engineer


per month

Free until 31st March 2023

  • Make incredible things happen and grow your business today
  • Benefit from our most comprehensive CAD software feature set, libraries, product intelligence and much more
  • Access superior learning materials, only found in this subscription level, including tips & tricks, tutorials, videos, FAQs and discussion forums
Start your free trial NOW
  • Unlimited schematic size and PCB layer count
  • Export to mechanical design software and Spice simulators
  • Manufacturing plots (Gerber, Excellon, drill, etc.) and reports (BoM, generic netlist, etc. )
  • Design rules checker and editor
  • Bill of Materials composer

Compare our plans

Explorer

Free
Always. No hidden fees

Subscribe to Explorer

Creator


per month
Free until 31st March 2023

Start your free trial NOW

Engineer


per month
Free until 31st March 2023

Start your free trial NOW

Designspark PCB

Unlimited schematic size and PCB layer count

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Export to mechanical design software and Spice simulators

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Manufacturing plots (Gerber, Excellon, drill, etc.) and reports (BoM, generic netlist, etc. )

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Design rules checker and editor

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Bill of Materials composer

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Advanced DRC checks (undrilled pads, Via to SMD pad distance, etc.)

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Blind and buried vias

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Heirarchical schematic designs

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Variant manager, TestLands and mechanical dimensions

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Differential pairs and buses (define, edit, trunk routing, etc.)

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Copper coverage report

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IPC-2581 Output

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DesignSpark Mechanical

Unlimited projects and design size

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Pull, blend, fill and combine tools for complex shapes and geometry manipulation

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Generate Bill of Materials and get quotes

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Import PCBs in the IDF format

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Measure and quality tools (check mass properties, draft angles, curvature, deviation, etc.)

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Equation and constraint-based sketching tools

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Reverse engineer solid model from 3D scanned mesh (eg. STL)

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3D Mirror tool

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Detailing options for drawing sheets (full GD&T and support for JIS, ISO, ANSI industry standards)

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Cosmetic threads

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Import/Export STEP, IGES, AutoCAD DWG and DXF formats

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Edit 3D objects from Drawing sheet views

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Design services

2D and 3D CAD part libraries

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Product Design Centre - parts intelligence

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Training & support

Public discussion forum

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Learning materials

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is commercial use allowed on the DesignSpark subscription plans and is my design IP protected?

Yes, commercial use is allowed on the DesignSpark subscription plans. 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 subscription licence? Is concurrent use allowed?

This varies by subscription plan.

  • Explorer: Maximum of 1 copy of each software installed on any computer.
  • Creator: Maximum of 2 copies of each software installed on any computer.
  • Engineer: Maximum of 3 copies of each software installed on any computer.

At present, we don't allow concurrent use of the same software on multiple computers (using one DesignSpark account).

Can I install each DesignSpark software on different computers?

Yes, for example you can have DesignSpark Mechanical installed on PC-1 and DesignSpark PCB on PC-2. You will also need to login to the software with your DesignSpark account and activate it for use.

Do I need to renew my DesignSpark subscription?

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.

Is there a DesignSpark network licence available for business or educational site use?

No, but this may change in the future. Please look out for announcements via the DesignSpark newsletter and on social media.

Where can I get help on using DesignSpark software?

You can access our software forums for answers or post a new question. The DesignSpark staff and the user community are ready to help you on the forum.

You can also view the tutorials posted on our website for step by step guidance and our built-in software documentation

Can I use DesignSpark software offline?

Yes. Please note that if it has been more than 2 hours since you last closed the software and are re-opening it, you will need to be online for a licence check. After this licence check, you can work offline in the same session.

Will I get patches or updates to my DesignSpark software?

Yes, these will be issued by the developer as and when required.

Is DesignSpark software local desktop or cloud-based software?

Our Mechanical and PCB software are desktop-only with a local installation. There may be some cloud-based tools added to our subscription plans in the future and they would not require any installation (accessed through web browser).

How do I download and use DesignSpark software and services?

A new download page becomes available as soon as you start your subscription. The download links for each software will also be in your account area after logging into DesignSpark.com.

What are the system requirements of DesignSpark software?

These are the supported system specifications for our primary CAD software:

DesignSpark Mechanical

  • Operating system – Windows 11 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows Server 2016 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2019 (64-bit). *Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7, so the software may still work on Windows 7 but you will likely encounter errors which cannot be patched by the developer.
  • Graphics card – Discrete graphics card or Integrated graphics (AMD APU, Intel HD) with the latest drivers and compatible with the supported operating systems. For full functionality, use of a recent NVIDIA or AMD Professional or Workstation Graphics card with at least 1 GB of discrete video memory and supporting, at a minimum, OpenGL version 4.5, DirectX 11, Shader Model 5.0 and with Direct3D acceleration enabled. Display should have a minimum 1024x768 minimum resolution.
  • CPU - Pentium® 4 2.0 Ghz or faster 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • RAM - 4GB or higher
  • Disk Space – at least 3GB
  • Web browser – Google Chrome (v102 or higher), Mozilla Firefox (v101 or higher) and Microsoft Edge (v102 or higher).
  • Input devices – 2 button mouse with wheel
  • Optional inputs - 3D Mouse (eg. 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse), Touchscreen multi-touch support via native pen-and-touch interface.

DesignSpark PCB

  • Operating system – Windows 11 (64-bit) and Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit). *Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7, so the software may still work on Windows 7 but the developer will not be patching any issues specific to unsupported OS versions.
  • Graphics card – 1024x768 minimum display resolution. For 3D View of PCBs, hardware acceleration for OpenGL may enhance performance.
  • CPU - 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) or equivalent.
  • RAM - 4GB or higher
  • Disk Space – at least 1GB
  • Input devices – 2 button mouse with wheel