RS Components (RS) introduces DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modelling and assembly tool available to all totally free of charge.
RS is the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products.
A significant milestone in the history of 3D design software, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical has been developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modelling software for engineers. Available in multiple languages, the new tool is expected to bring major benefits to design engineers around the world.
The availability of DesignSpark Mechanical overcomes the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not have access to a 3D design solution and can benefit from 3D modelling to quickly develop sophisticated concepts and products. These impediments are the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools.
Available for free and simple to use, DesignSpark Mechanical addresses both issues, allowing engineers and others involved in product development to become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.
Mark Cundle, Global Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components comments that the use of DesignSpark Mechanical early in the design cycle can eliminate much of the time-consuming rework associated with traditional product development processes. The intuitive and flexible modelling software will help engineers bring innovative products to market quickly as DesignSpark Mechanical’s Standard Template Library (STL) output format enables direct export of designs to 3D printers.
With access to more than 38,000 3D models in the extensive DesignSpark online component library, DesignSpark Mechanical gives all engineers the ability to rapidly undertake an end-to-end design with professional-grade modelling tools at zero cost. RS Components has also collaborated with world-leading 3D content company TraceParts to provide access to millions of models from the online tracepartsonline.net CAD portal in DesignSpark Mechanical’s format.
It is estimated that there are 20 million engineers globally who do not currently use 3D CAD, but could significantly benefit from a tool such as DesignSpark Mechanical. It will enable design engineers not only to be more creative, but will also support a more efficient product development process, allowing the production of professional concepts right through to delivering highly detailed and dimensioned manufacturing blueprints.
DesignSpark Mechanical will be available for free download on the DesignSpark website.