DesignSpark Mechanical: a must-have in your 3D printing toolkit!
DesignSpark Mechanical (DSM) is a free-of-charge 3D modelling software for Windows desktop machines. It is built for rapid prototyping and with ease-of-use in mind. You can freely sketch the outline of your target object and then simply push/pull objects to convert them to 3D for further editing. Therefore, DSM is a great way for concept artists, industrial designers, and engineers to quickly turn their ideas into tangible products.
Here's a screenshot from Artstation showing how some graphics designers and VFX artists make DSM part of their toolkit: clicking on image takes you to artstation.com
Looks interesting? Start here by looking up system requirements and downloading DSM:
Installed? Here's a guide book and step-by-step tutorials:
Inside the PDF, click on the 'bookmarks' in the left hand pane to get the list of contents and quickly jump to a page.
Tutorial Series 1 :-
Tutorial Series 2 :-
DSM quick tips - 2 part series (part 2 queued after part 1) :-
So, what is the global DSM community up to? Get some tips, project ideas and inspiration:
Got questions or having trouble using DSM? Make sure to ask on the public Q&A areas:
You can also raise a 1-to-1 support ticket for any issues where you have not got an answer in the above forums or you think there's a software bug: https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
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