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I am working on my very first PCB design using Eagle. In my design, I will be using a 10W 10 Ohm power resistor. Since it isn't a "standard" size, I'm having trouble finding the component in Eagle. In particular, it has a width of 47mm.

No component in rcl.lbr is long enough. resistor-power.lbr seems pretty promising, but many of the components don't have measurements. And I'm not sure what the closest equivalent is. For example, KH216-8 seems like it is roughly the right size. And it happens to have a measurement. So is it, uh, "safe" to go with that?

How could I view the dimensions of a component if it's not in the description?

Are there any other techniques I can use when trying to find a library part that approximates the component I've chosen?

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I don't think there's an easy way around this. I would open up the resistor-power.lbr library on its own, in the library editor, open up the first footprint (ACO1), change the major grid to 10mm, then go through each one and note those that are close. There's usually some kind of logic to the footprint names and numbers -- for this library, it appears the letter prefix denote a width class and the number denotes length. EDIT1: I went and did this, and none are 47mm wide.
EDIT2: After looking at the datasheet, it appears it is 47mm long and only 9mm wide, which fits HPS947. (KH216-8, RS10-38-39, and RWM8X45 also seem to fit... sorta.)

In almost every PCB design you will be making your own parts. I find it useful to make a new EAGLE library for every project, and copy all used part into it. The easiest way to make a new part, if it's just a variation of another, is to copy symbols and possibly even footprints into a new layout, then edit them. For this part, you can copy the power-resistor.lbr > R symbol by opening it up as if you were going to edit it, selecting the whole thing with the Group function, then copying the group with the Copy function (click Copy button, right-click previously grouped symbol, select "Copy: Group". This puts the whole thing into your Paste Buffer:

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Open up a new library, example.lbr, then create a new symbol (Library > Symbol). Click the Insert Paste Buffer button ( ^-- that button). The copied symbol should come up, labels and all -- click on the crosshairs to line it up with the symbol anchor. I usually make my own footprints simply to remove all doubt in the library specs, but they can be copied using the same method. Another way to copy a part is to copy the entire library and rename it, then edit the entire thing. Sparkfun also has a pretty good tutorial on making parts.

Also, when I make my own parts, I fill out the caption so I won't have to browse the footprints directly in the future!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah, sorry for confusing the "length" and "width" measurements. This was quite helpful. Thank you! \$\endgroup\$ – rascher Jan 21 '11 at 22:50

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