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3D Printing and Design

3D printing goes hand in hand with the design process, visualising a concept, you can use a design tool such as DesignSpark Mechanical to create a 3D image of your idea. Once you are confident that a prototype is your next step, using DesignSpark Mechanical you can create an STL file for a 3D printer to interpret and print your design using one of the many 3D printers available, such as those that can be found at RS Components.

If you are a professional engineer, 3D printing and design methodology can bring your creations to production faster and can be an ideal tool for producing prototypes to show to potential manufacturers.

If you are a hobbyist it can be a means of creating interest fun projects, or if you simply want to design a custom case for your mobile phone, the concept is the same. Whatever reason you have for your design concept, there is only room for its improvement with 3D printing and design.

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  • 22 hours ago

    You can use as many copies of DesignSpark Mechanical as you would like to. We are very happy you are planning to teach using our software! Unfortunately we do not have 'network licence' available. We have...
  • 2 days ago

    Proposed 3D modeling for design can reduce material cost and time for many parts of manufacture. Although also check advanced features of the normal printer by Epson Printer Support and their website https://www.printererrorrepair.com/
  • 1 week ago

    I have small design and i will pay 470L for convert :D:D:D
  • 2 weeks ago

    did you try to install it as an administrator? it could help
  • 2 weeks ago

    Yes, Design Spark Mechanical Eng. I have Windows 10, 64 Whenever I choose 64 (or 32), the system loads one file and locks up
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