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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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  • 2 days ago

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  • 1 week ago

    Bonjour Albert,

    C'est top pour une première ! Je m'occupe de la communauté Française de DesignSpark. Si vous voulez vous pouvez aussi poster sur la version Française du site. Il suffit de...
  • 1 week ago

    Hi did you try to restore your pc to a earlier point to when your software was working?
  • 1 week ago

    Unfortunately I can not open the file , as I only use V1 of DSM.
    The image of the file looks outstanding for your first design. I am impressed.

    Be aware however of the need for tolerances...
  • 1 week ago

    Hi Albert, have to say, I am super impressed with the complexity of this prototype for your first design! Can't wait to see what you create with a bit more experience and practice! Great work and welcome...

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June 4, 2018 13:00

(CLOSED) INCIDENT UPDATE: DesignSpark Mechanical not opening

*INCIDENT RESOLVED* 10:30 BST (June 1, 2018): A fix has been applied to the 'internal server error' message and other issues related to this incident have also been addressed.

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