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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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  • @JACANT Thank you :)
  • 1 week ago

    Use the 'Pull' tool with the 'Scale Body' option.
    Once selected pick a point on the model, start to drag, type in scale amount.
  • 2 weeks ago

    @Boss Hi. I have dowloaded Design Spark, and it seems to have some issues. Program starts, but the buttons don't work (they are active, but don't do anything). I can't access above link. Is it possible...
  • 4 weeks ago

    Also, if it's DSM 4.0: make sure you have completed the install of the 'Translators' too.
    Without translators, certain file formats...
  • 4 weeks ago

    Hi there @vilgio Please take a look at our Support centre - you should be able to export as DXF and STL. Here is a link to some articles that should help:

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