RS developed DesignSpark Mechanical, the company's fully featured 3D concept modelling and design tool, in conjunction with SpaceClaim, provider of flexible and affordable 3D modelling software. Together with the DesignSpark PCB design tool, DesignSpark Mechanical is a key element in RS and Allied’s initiative to provide tools for engineers that enable them to rapidly develop prototypes in the innovation and product concept design stage. An important element of DesignSpark Mechanical is its STL-output format, which allows the direct export of designs to 3D printers.
Version 2.0 of the software adds several features that have been requested by the DesignSpark Mechanical user base. The tool’s new simplified user interface includes built-in help text and Quick Guide tutorials, example designs, and also makes its BOM-quote functionality easier to find and use. The tool provides access to a new 3D catalogue allowing the rapid insertion of tens of thousands of 3D models from leading component manufacturers, as well as the integration of all the necessary RS and Allied purchasing data for fast Bill-of Materials (BOM) creation.
A 'quick parts’ 3D printing service is now integrated into the tool, which is available via RS and Allied in conjunction with its partner 3D Systems.