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3D Printing and Design

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

    What you have to remember is that the shape you have drawn must be an enclosed shape. All lines must be touching to create an area that can be pulled.
    See image, the letters that have lines missing...
  • 4 days ago

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  • 1 week ago

    Have a look at (also a link to DSPCB) read this with the FAQ's and videos
  • 2 weeks ago

    You could move each of the letters into position.

    DSM will read and write Sketchup files. SKP
    Make sure you save the file in a version that DSM can read. File Options Sketchup.
  • J.L

    2 weeks ago

    Ooh, that explains it then. Thank you very much for your quick reply! =)

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Knurling…So just how do you do that in DesignSpark Mechanical?

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Where can I find information on those evasive modules?

I read that there are supposed to exist modules that will let you create drawings of the designs

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We are testing the designspark software to use witin the school - however we use a proxy server and


3D Printing and Design

January 26, 2018 08:57

DSM Hints and Tips: 3D object original colours & dealing with faint printed lines

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