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Rapid Prototyping

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THINK : PROTOTYPE : INNOVATE

All the rapid prototyping tools and resources you’ll ever need

Browse rapid prototyping blogs, news, articles, tools and product reviews. There are recommended rapid prototyping services, information on the best rapid prototyping platforms, and even reference designs, meaning you can use manufacturer approved open source 3D and PCB projects to get started with your rapid prototyping projects.

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Follow the links below for easy-to-use and easy-to-learn rapid prototyping tools – DesignSpark Mechanical, DesignSpark PCB and the RS Toolbox App – are all available here for FREE, so you can get from concept to prototype faster and more creatively!

Adopting Rapid Prototyping for increased innovation

Rapid Prototyping

We know that as an Engineer you enjoy trying new things and solving problems that have not been solved before. Due to the ever increasing time-to-market pressures companies tend not to encourage this "outside the box" thinking. The desire to get products out to customers in shortest time is natural and often helps winning business by simply getting there first. One implication of such approach though is re-using previous design work, thus limiting innovation. While re-using previously validated circuits is by all means an excellent shortcut, the longer term consequence could be missing out on the advantage of new technologies, risking competition coming up with cheaper, more reliable and efficient products.

Investing time in tackling problems from a wider variety of angles does not have to mean longer design cycles. Rapid Prototyping methodology can neutralise the innovation overhead adding real benefits for the individual engineers: keeping skills up to date and staying abreast with latest technologies. The highly accessible DesignSpark resources complement the breadth of the RS Components product offer, forming a unique Rapid Prototyping environment  

RAPID PROTOTYPING DESIGN SOFTWARE

DesignSpark PCB Home Page

DesignSpark PCB Home Page
 

Download DesignSpark PCB *Free for commercial or non-commercial use, no limitations or licensing........

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DesignSpark Mechanical

DesignSpark Mechanical
 

At RS Components and Allied Electronics we love helping you take your ideas from concept to crea.......

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Toolbox App

Toolbox App
 

   The RS Toolbox App for iOS Whether you are a professional electronics engineer, a stu.......

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RAPID PROTOTYPING PLATFORMS

Arduino

Arduino
 

Projects Products Designs Forum Arduino is an open-source software and hardware electro.......

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MBED

MBED
 

The mbed Microcontrollers are a series of ARM based  development boards designed for fast, flex.......

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Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi
 

The Raspberry Pi is a small but powerful Linux based computer that was created to help educate a n.......

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RS PRODUCTS FOR RAPID PROTOTYPING

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
 

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

£24.50
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INTEL Edison Compute Module

INTEL Edison Compute Module
 

INTEL Edison Compute Module

£43.65
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ProJet 1200 Micro-SLA 3D Printer

ProJet 1200 Micro-SLA 3D Printer
 

3D Systems ProJet 1200 3D Printer

£3,200.00
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Flexible suppressor sheet 240x240x0.05mm

Flexible suppressor sheet 240x240x0.05mm
 

Kemet Polymer, Magnetic Flex Suppressor, 240mm x 2

£24.85
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4.3" PanelPilot Ace multifunction meter

4.3
 

Lascar PanelPilot ACE TFT Digital Panel Multi-Func

£178.55
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Electric Paint 10ml

Electric Paint 10ml
 

Bare Conductive 10mL Pen Electric Paint

£4.90
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Raspberry Pi Model B+

Raspberry Pi Model B+
 

Raspberry Pi Model B+

£17.99
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The Power Hack is a 2-day hackathon event we have created in partnership with Practical Action, a charity that uses technology to challenge poverty across the globe. 

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The Power Hack may be over, but its spirit lives on!

Keep watching this space (and our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ pages!) for more exclusive event videos, blogs and galleries.

You can already read about the ideas from the event in our Team Blogs below, but we’ll keep you updated on all things Power Hack in to next year too.

In the meantime, download our unique, free of charge suite of rapid prototyping tools and start your own life-changing project today.

Matt Silver-Valance (Practical Action)- “This type of collaboration has immense potential. We are activity reaching out to our expects in both Asia and Africa to investigate the viability of 2 out of 3 of these creations. This event has affirmed that putting the best minds together with the right software can lead to quite exceptional designs. We are very keen to work with RS Components and the engineers to grow this into a frequent event and believe that this has the potential to generate life changing technology that really makes a practical difference!”

“As a ‘proof of concept’, this event delivered 100%...now the challenge will be to identify and co-ordinate a growing number of teams from around the world to compete against each other, video conference facilities, the revolutions software that RS Components has developed combined 3D printing means that we’re only limited by how brave we are! I think it would also be great to collaborate someone post-event so that there is a clearly development process and all this great work isn’t lost”

LIVE EVENT TEAM BLOGS

POWER HACK: TEAM MAXWELL

And the winner is.... Team Maxwell! With their design they have named "Seebrick" - aka the "Magic Brick", a Thermocouple brick that turns heat produced by a cooking stove into electricity. "It’s a happy concurrence when something is both worthwhile and fun to do" - Adrian Bowyer Read more about Team Maxwell's creation in Adrian's blog

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POWER HACK: TEAM KILBY

Their idea of recycling e-waste and turning it into a community-led battery charging scheme showed true innovation in engineering. What the team had to say about the event... Clemens Valens…"I have really enjoyed the Power Hack event. It is quite amazing what can be achieved when you lock a few people up for two days and feed them only mini Mars bars and coffee. The projects presented at the end were not only very impressive, they were worked out in quite some detail as well. I also very much enjoyed working with the others guys (next time bring in some girls too) and I look for

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POWER HACK: TEAM FARADAY

The finished design!" The Electro Moser Light" Their enhancement of Moser's bleach bottle light uses an LED at night.  The LED is powered by a car battery that is charged via their hub generator.  The hub is turned by wind, water or hand, which charges the battery via a charging circuit taken from a wind up torch.

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