Distributor bundles 3D printer with modelling software; “even more affordable”

December 04, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor RS Components says it is making 3D printing more economical with a 40% price reduction on the FDM 3D printer, when purchased with DesignSpark Mechanical direct-modelling add-on software modules, to brings 3D design and fast prototyping capabilities to a wider audience of engineers.

RS Components is offering a special bundle that combines advanced 3D modelling software and 3D printing hardware, and which provides advanced and highly affordable 3D design and prototyping capabilities.

From the 1st December 2015, RS is offering a 40% reduction in price of the RS IdeaWerk 3D printer ( http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/8286356/ ) when purchased with DesignSpark Exchange and DesignSpark Drawing – which are add-on software modules that extend the capabilities of DesignSpark Mechanical, the advanced free-for-download 3D modelling software developed by RS and SpaceClaim.

The RS IdeaWerk 3D printer uses the FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology and offers specifications including a build volume of 150 x 150 x 140 mm and a minimum layer thickness resolution of 0.18 mm. The single-head system accepts 1.75 mm-diameter PLA filament materials with various different colours. The use of environmentally-friendly PLA means no toxicity or chemical pollution or unpleasant smells, making it highly suitable for use in the home as well as in the industrial environment. Offering a robust construction with dimensions of 211(L) x 403(W) x 298 mm(H) and a weight of 7.5 kg, the RS IdeaWerk is easy to assemble and use and also lightweight enough to be portable.

Although DesignSpark Mechanical is an advanced 3D direct-modelling tool that can be downloaded free of charge, RS has also made available premium modules that significantly extend the functionality of the software tool.

The first module, DesignSpark Mechanical Exchange, ( http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printing-software/8523012/) adds advanced import/export capabilities and enables the import, modification and export of industry-standard STEP and IGES file formats, which allows full exchange of design data with other popular 3D CAD tools. The module also enables engineers to integrate DesignSpark Mechanical into a product development toolchain that works across various software platforms, moving beyond concept creation to a seamless workflow for producing final designs.

The second module, DesignSpark Mechanical Drawing, ( http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printing-software/8523015/) adds SpaceClaim's Associative Drawing environment, which allows the changing of