RS Components Upgrades DesignSpark Mechanical 3D CAD Modeling Software

July 21, 2020 Tiera Oliver

RS Components (RS) has unveiled the latest version of DesignSpark Mechanical, its free 3D CAD modeling software. According to the company, DesignSpark Mechanical Version 5.0 offers new features, enhancements, and customization options that have been developed following feedback from users.

Developed in conjunction with Ansys Inc., DesignSpark Mechanical uses direct modeling technology rather than the parametric methods used by traditional CAD software, enabling users to prototype or reverse engineer any physical object.

Key features of DesignSpark Mechanical Version 5.0 are outlined in this video and include:

  • Equations tool - sketch complex curves
  • Constraint-based sketching and dedicated 3D sketch mode
  • Measure tab with geometry analysis and quality check tools
  • Custom views, saving new perspectives of a design for quick access
  • Custom rendering - adjust faceting per-body or full design to achieve better surface finish and optimize for better performance on hardware
  • Customizable shortcuts - access any tool in DSM with one click
  • Enhanced shading - display objects with shading when exposed to ambient lighting like in real life
  • Flythrough camera mode

DesignSpark Mechanical also features built-in help text, quick-guide tutorials, example designs, and access to a 3D catalog with 3D models from leading component manufacturers.

Version 5.0 of DesignSpark Mechanical is available to download for free personal and commercial use at:

For more information, visit : 

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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