Free, fast and intuitive design software opens up new possibilities for engineers from concept design through to manufacturing. Introducing DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all – totally free of charge.
Great news for all the electronic and mechanical engineers, students and practicing: a free 3D DesignSpark Mechanical software that will enable conceptualization and rapid prototyping, reduce costs, and dramatically accelerate product development. In short, this software is like a “Gift of invention that will bring your ideas to life!”
To see this little beauty in action, feast your eyes on the following video and then return to this column to discover more.
From the above video, it’s easy to see that the DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design tool is applicable to every engineering student and practicing engineer on the planet. In fact, DesignSpark Mechanical is also of interest to non-technical marketing folks. In the case of today’s designs, it is no longer sufficient to create a mega-cool electronic system and then simply sling it into an “agricultural” package. Modern customers and end-users now demand products that are not only highly functional, but are also aesthetically pleasing to the hand and eye.
This “industrial-strength” software has been lovingly crafted so as to be easy to learn and use. You can quickly create 3D objects, manipulate shapes, grab and drag faces and/or edges, set levels of transparency (allowing you to, for example, see through a semi-transparent enclosure to the contents inside). You can combine/merge objects, fragment them, and perform Boolean operations on them. You can “Copy” and “Paste” within a drawing or between drawings. And you can perform unlimited “Undo” and “Redo” operations.
But wait, there’s more… You can create individual parts or full-blown assemblies. In addition to your enclosures, you can import 3D models of electronic components, electro-mechanical devices, circuit boards, and so forth. But where do you get these models? Well, the folks who are bringing DesignSpark Mechanical to us —Allied Electronics and RS Components — have 38,000 3D models as part of their online catalog. Each of these free-to-use models is available in 24 different formats, which means they work with just about every 3D design package in the known universe. Furthermore, the folks at TraceParts.com boast 100+ million 2D drawings and 3D models that can also be freely accessed and used in your designs.
Last but certainly not least, you may know Allied Electronics and/or RS Components as one of the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products. If this is all you know, you may wonder what they are doing distributing free 3D design software to anyone who wants it. In fact, you may also start to ask yourself, “What other amazing tools and technologies do these little rascals have up their sleeves?” Well, keep watching this space!
Excerpt from RS Press release and the following article at EEtimes by Max Maxfield :
- Structural 3D Modeling Is an ideal Technique – Outsource to obtain Benefits (pinebarrenspublishing.com)
- RS Components Brings 3D Design Capability to all Engineers with DesignSpark Mechanical (hispanicbusiness.com)
- New Free-to-Download DesgnSpark a CAD Tool for 3D Design (3dprintinginsider.com)
- DesignSpark Mechanical – The Gift of Invention (hackaday.com)
- 3D CAD Can Benefit Your Next Project (3dprintinginsider.com)