Allied/RS Bring Free 3D Design Software to Everyone on the Planet!

-September 16, 2013

OMG! All the electronic and mechanical engineers I know (and even most of the marketing folks) are going to squeal like schoolgirls when they get their sticky little hands on this amazing, free 3D design software that will enable conceptualization and rapid prototyping, reduce costs, and dramatically accelerate product development. In short, this software is like a "Gift of invention that will bring your ideas to life!"

Quiet down my racing heart! I just heard the most amazing "hot-off-the-press" news. In just a few days as I pen these words, all of us who wish to will be able to design 3D models, assemblies, and enclosures for our designs using some incredibly intuitive, fully-featured 3D modeling software. And, best of all, it's free! (And when I say "free" I really mean free, as in free for both commercial and non-commercial use with no limitations or licensing.)

On a personal note, this software is going to make a perfect complement to the $499 3D Printer I just purchased. I've been looking around at different 3D design packages, but the only ones I could find were either horribly expensive (and came with a horrendously eye-watering learning curve) or free and relatively easy to use (but not as powerful as one might hope and not exactly intended for my purposes as an electronic engineer). By comparison, the free package I'm about to tell you about -- DesignSpark Mechanical -- is both incredibly powerful and amazingly intuitive (and did I mention that it's free?).

Before I forget, DesignSpark Mechanical will be available for free download from starting on Monday, September 16. Now, if you are as excited as I and you simply cannot wait to see this little beauty in action, feast your eyes on the following video and then return to this space to discover more.

From the above video, it's easy to see that the DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design tool is applicable to every engineering student and practicing engineer on the planet. In fact, as we shall discuss, DesignSpark Mechanical is also of interest to non-technical marketing folks. But, before we delve into the nitty-gritty details, let's first set the scene. In the case of today's designs, it is no longer sufficient to create a mega-cool electronic system and then simply sling it into an "agricultural" package. Modern customers and end-users now demand products that are not only highly functional, but are also aesthetically pleasing to the hand and eye.

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