16 Million Components, Now in Fusion 360

New Ultra Librarian app for Fusion 360 provides direct access to electronic schematic symbols and 3D models.

CAD library provider Ultra Librarian yesterday launched an app for Autodesk Fusion 360, available for free on the Fusion 360 app store. The Ultra Librarian app allows Fusion 360 users to access over 16 million electronic schematic symbols, printed circuit board (PCB) footprints, 3D STEP models and reference designs directly within the Fusion 360 platform.

“Due to increased workloads and shortened project deadlines, designers need tools like Ultra Librarian for Fusion 360 to spend more time on innovation and less time on part creation,” says Frank Frank, product architect for Ultra Librarian, in a company press release.

After Autodesk users download and install the Ultra Librarian app from the online app store, it will be automatically available within Fusion 360’s Electronics Design workspace. Users can search for parts right away, but must register for a free Ultra Librarian account in order to download any files.

The Ultra Librarian app in Autodesk Fusion 360. (Source: Ultra Librarian.)

The Ultra Librarian app in Autodesk Fusion 360. (Source: Ultra Librarian.)

Autodesk, which collaborated with Ultra Librarian on the new app, has been working to push its electrical CAD capabilities forward since acquiring ECAD developer CadSoft in 2016. Three years later, Autodesk integrated CadSoft’s flagship PCB design tool, Eagle, directly within Fusion 360.

The new Ultra Librarian app expands the utility of Fusion 360 even further, although it’s not the first electronic component library to tie into the platform. It’s preceded by the SnapEDA search engine, which published a Fusion 360 app early last year.

Autodesk says it is excited about the new Ultra Librarian app, believing it will ultimately help designers be more productive.

“For years engineers have struggled with the error-prone, manual creation of library components,” says Matt Berggren, director of Fusion 360 Electronics Design, in the news release. “Our shared goal is to push library authoring below the waterline and make the creation of new parts as painless and error-free as possible.”

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Michael Alba

Michael is a senior editor at engineering.com. He covers computer hardware, design software, electronics, and more. Michael holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta.