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Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 07 Mar 2020, 08:57
by carlmart
Are there active devices libraries, basically discrete active parts and opamps, to to import to Diptrace and add to what it's already there?

Where are those libraries? Perhaps it's explained later on on the tutorial, which I'm re-learning and refreshing from my 2015 experience designing pcbs with DipTrace.

The parts I'm using are all far from sophisticated, so they may already be on the libraries. Very few or no SMD devices to be used, except if the part is not available in through-hole version.

No digital design either, just plain audio and power supply, and it's quite likely I will design two versions of the pcbs: one-sided and two-sided.

Thin traces will also be avoided, quite the opposite. After the parts are place and traces drawn, I plan to increase the traces width until they fill up the available space.

From previous inquiries I recently did here, cooper pours are not recommended, except for ground planes, and I would really like to find a way to break that rule and use them. Maybe I can.

But let's stat with the manufacturers libraries: can't I get them somewhere? Do they exist?

Re: Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 08 Mar 2020, 14:47
by Moris
You will find opamps and similar in libraries supplied in diptrace Version 3 and named according to the manufacturer e.g. Texas Instruments.
In Diptrace Version 4 Beta 4 in the library "IC linear amplifiers".

Re: Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 08 Mar 2020, 15:48
by carlmart
I was just now importing some parts with componentsearchengine, that comes on a zipped file.

But I don't get it: the file they provide for Diptrace is an asc file, which I assumed is for LTSpice, not for Diptrace.

Am I doing something wrong? Which is the procedure to add PCB Footprint and Schematic Symbol?

Re: Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 08 Mar 2020, 16:05
by Moris
Search your parts in the Schematic Editor to see, if parts already in "built in" libaries: Menu Object, Search Component

Re: Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 08 Mar 2020, 16:25
by carlmart
I am not using version 3 or 4. I'm using 2.4.

Can I import the libraries from those newer versions?

Re: Importing active parts libraries

Posted: 09 Mar 2020, 07:19
by carlmart
OK, I found this site where there are newer libraries that I can add to my Diptrace.

https://diptrace.com/download/libraries-and-3d-models/

How do I do that?