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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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  • davecole

    3 days ago

    @DesignSpark
    Is there a tutorial?
    Can you still use the templates/ cutting tools?
  • DesignSpark

    3 days ago

    Hi Snowdan, The custom case integration to DesignSpark Mechanical was removed as we sought to replace it with a better process which will be more seamless & intuitive to use. The new concept is still being...
  • JACANT

    1 week ago

    Change the 'Units' in File - DSM Options.
  • JACANT

    2 weeks ago

    If you just want to know the 'Volume' for the amount of material used in 3D printing. Then this can be found in 'Nettfab' free software.

    To find the 'Mass' you will need to give your model...
  • JACANT

    2 weeks ago

    Depending on the compexity of the model.
    It will only work with one opening.
    Selecting one of the inside faces.
    In the Structure Pane pick Selection. 'Offset Faces' should show.
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