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Select one of the methods below to start building symbols:

  • Method #1:  From Search, select More and Choose Footprint.  
  • Method #2:  From the My Footprintspage, select Create Footprint.  Use this method to create a footprint if a DigiKey search returns no results.
  • Method #3:  From the Home page, select Create Footprint which takes you to the My Symbols page.


There are 2 methods of creating a new footprint in PartQuest:


Custom Footprints- Footprint Creator


The Footprint Creator allows you to capture the physical package definition of a part. Once captured, the Footprint Creator will generate a footprint based on the dimensions, terminal type, and many other physical attributes of your part. The Footprint Creator guides you through the process of capturing your package details. You should only input data that is provided in your Datasheet. (If a dimension is not found in the Datasheet, then there is no need to provide that dimension in the Footprint Creator. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CALCULATE DIMENSIONS YOURSELF.   The engine will handle all calculations and appropriately apply JEDEC JESD30H and JEP30-P100 standards rules based on what you have provided.

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Footprint Creator also allows you to view a 2D representation of your component as you specify its details. Use the 2D model to ensure you have not made any mistakes in the information you are providing.  PartQuest 2D view is from the top of the part.  Keep this in mind when numbering Terminals.

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The following packages are currently supported:  Array Type, Chip Scale Package, Cylinder (new), Disk Button (new), Flange Mount (new),  Flatpack, Grid-Array, In-Line Package (new), Long Form, Microelectronics Assembly, Connector, Switch, Small Outline, and Discrete.

For now, the Footprint Creator currently supports the following Terminal Types:  Ball (new), C-bend, Flat, Gull-wing, Surface-terminal, J-bend, L-bend, Column (new), Pressfit (new), Pin (new), Through-hole (new), Wraparound, S-bend, Terminal wire (new), Screw (new) and J-inverted.

Terminal Positions supported currently are:  Axial (new), Bottom, Single, Dual, End, Diagonal, Quad (use 2 Dual), and Triple (use 1 Dual & 1 Single), and ZigZag.