Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, a provider of flexible 3D modelling software for engineers, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages, said the company.

“The launch of DesignSpark Mechanical is the first time a 3D design tool with this level of sophistication has been made freely available. Engineers will love using modelling software that is so intuitive and flexible,” said Glenn Jarrett, global head of product marketing at RS Components.

“The use of DesignSpark Mechanical early in the design cycle can eliminate much of the time-consuming rework associated with traditional product development processes. This is a highly significant initiative that helps engineers to bring innovative products to market quickly, and DesignSpark Mechanical’s STL output format enables direct export of designs to 3D printers.”

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“With access to more than 38,000 3D models in the DesignSpark online component library, DesignSpark Mechanical gives all engineers the ability to rapidly undertake an end-to-end design with professional-grade modelling tools that are at zero cost.”

DesignSpark Mechanical employs ‘direct modelling’ methodology and uses simple gestures that enable real-time editing and instant feedback, making it possible for engineers and others to create geometry and easily explore ideas and product concepts in 3D. All basic designs can be achieved quickly and easily via the use of the software’s four basic tools—Pull, Move, Fill and Combine—in addition to its employment of familiar Windows keyboard shortcuts such as cut/paste, undo/redo, which makes it intuitive for new users.

The software can also be used as a complementary 3D tool in the product development process for the creation of early concept designs, for instance, alongside 3D CAD tools that are already in use today. The tool can remove bottlenecks in the early design process by allowing changes and additions in seconds, rather than having to wait for the CAD department using the traditional 3D tools to rework the design.

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3D designs can also be exported in STL, the standard file format to enable rapid prototyping builds and computer-aided manufacturing, in addition to providing the ability to quickly obtain Bill-of-Materials (BOM) quotes via the RS and Allied websites. The tool can also import circuit layout files in IDF format from any PCB design tool, including the DesignSpark PCB software.

DesignSpark Mechanical is available for free download from www.designspark.com/mechanical . Support can be found on the DesignSpark community atwww.designspark.com

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