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27 Mar 2020, 11:38

First Project: Experimental Setup "Ariadne" using DSM

I have completed three months of work on my first project using DSM.

Its an experimental setup called "Ariadne" based at the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

We have transferred from 2D to 3D. Every single component has been designed from scratch with DSM as part of my training with this software, which I find amazingly powerful.

I have learned tons of new things so far and I'm still learning. I have spent another two months (November, December 2019) searching the market for a good free (but professional) software to learn, as it was not convenient to use extremely expensive platforms like Solidworks (which I no longer use). 
Although I come up with a few bugs (or lack of knowledge) from time to time, it gets better day by day. Certain things, that have been difficult to design in the beginning, or have been done in a rather complicated way, are now being done more easily and efficiently, and the sky is the limit!

Although I am familiar with RS as we have been customers for many years (i am a research technician at FORTH-IESL), it was a pleasant surprise discovering this new opportunity we are offered by the company!   

A few words about the setup. It consists of five interconnected vacuum chambers, that are being pumped with a number of low and high vacuum pumps (fully designed with DSM as well, following 2D drawings by the manufacturers). The dimensions of the setup are  2127 X 1938 X 1000 mm.


I am a physicist, working as a research technician at the Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser of the Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Our institute is a satisfied RS customer. I am specialised in lasers and vacuum technology. I am also a CAD designer with years of experience. I have been using DesignSpark Mechanical software for the past 3 months and i am trully surprised by this software which seems to becoming my primary CAD tool.

27 Mar 2020, 11:38


April 23, 2020 12:40

Looks like you have done a great job of converting that to 3D, well done

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April 23, 2020 12:37

@davecole Thank you so much Dave! This was also a good training with DSM. I feel much more confident now.