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DesignSpark Mechanical upgraded with optional modules

RS Components has expanded DesignSpark Mechanical with two optional modules – Mechanical Exchange and Mechanical Drawing – that are said to extend the tool's functionality.

RS Components has expanded DesignSpark Mechanical with two optional modules – Mechanical Exchange and Mechanical Drawing – that are said to extend the tool's functionality.

"The advanced capabilities of the essential and free version of DesignSpark Mechanical will meet the 3D design requirements of the large majority of users," said Glenn Jarrett, global head of product marketing. "However, these premium modules will further enhance the tool and offer more functionality to highly advanced users at a very competitive price, and enable them to create a seamless concept to production workflow."

Mechanical Exchange enables the import, modification and export of STEP and IGES file formats. This allows full exchange of design data with CAD tools such as SolidWorks, Catia, ProEngineer and AutoCAD. The module also allows DesignSpark Mechanical to be integrated into a product development toolchain that works across various software platforms.

According to RS, companies can pass designs to their mechanical department or outside contractors for final design creation and manufacturing withouth having to invest in 3D CAD licences or training.

Meanwhile, Mechanical Drawing adds SpaceClaim's Associative Drawing environment to the basic package. This module allows the creation of detailed dimensioned drawings, allowing engineers to move beyond concept development and the 3D printing of prototypes.

DesignSpark Mechanical, developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, continues to be available for free download.

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Graham Pitcher

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