RS Components has unveiled the newest version of DesignSpark Mechanical, the free-for-download 3D CAD modelling software. Version 5.0 provides new features, enhancements and customisation options that have been produced following feedback from users. The new release coincides with the 10-year anniversary of DesignSpark.
Developed in conjunction with Ansys Inc, DesignSpark Mechanical employs direct modelling technology rather than the parametric methods adopted by traditional CAD software, allowing users to quickly prototype or reverse engineer any physical object. When coupled with DesignSpark Mechanical’s extremely intuitive functionality, this can assist a user in graduating from novice to CAD expert within a matter of hours, as only a few basic functions within the tool are needed to add or directly change existing model geometry.
DesignSpark Mechanical also highlights built-in help text and Quick Guide tutorials, example designs, and access to a 3D catalogue enabling the rapid insertion of tens of thousands of 3D models from leading component manufacturers.
“Since first launching DesignSpark Mechanical in 2013 we have been committed to providing engineers with free resources that enable them to rapidly develop prototypes in the product concept design stage,” said Mike Bray, Group VP of Innovation and DesignSpark. “This latest upgrade further enhances the software and provides an even better user experience that reflects the changing needs of engineers.”