Breaking News
News & Analysis

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

9/12/2013 05:30 PM EDT
12 comments
NO RATINGS
More Related Links
View Comments: Threaded | Newest First | Oldest First
Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Author
nice!
Caleb Kraft   9/12/2013 5:46:10 PM
NO RATINGS
This actually looks really great! Coming from a background in 3d animation for games/effects, many mechanical modeling packages are a tiny bit confusing to me. This seems like a good mix, more powerful than something like sketchup.

I should probably switch to this for some more geometrically clean models.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: nice!
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 5:53:59 PM
NO RATINGS
@Caleb: This actually looks really great! Coming from a background in 3d animation for games/effects, many mechanical modeling packages are a tiny bit confusing to me.

I was literally poised to downloak SketchUp Make when I heard about this -- I have been told by other folks that SketchUp Make wasn;t ideal for what I wanted to do (someone said I'd be best off creating my parts with dimensions in feet or meters and then scaling them down) ... but DesignSpark Mechanical looks just like what the doctor ordered :-)

Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Author
Re: nice!
Caleb Kraft   9/12/2013 7:37:15 PM
NO RATINGS
I haven't tried it yet, but it does seem like a great mix of visual interface and mechanical design. 

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: nice!
Max The Magnificent   9/13/2013 9:34:29 AM
NO RATINGS
@Caleb: ...it does seem like a great mix of visual interface and mechanical design...

I just received an email from someone I know who says:

Hi Max, I actually know a whole lot about this but I'm under NDA -- here is what I can tell you -- this piece of software is what you want to be using.  This is not a run of the mill 3D mechanical program, but has some serious horsepower behind it.

patrick.mannion
User Rank
Author
Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
patrick.mannion   9/13/2013 4:38:37 PM
NO RATINGS
It's got some serious intellectual property too. The brains behind it reside at Spaceclaim, which Allied and RS partnered with to bring this to the masses. Spaceclaim's chief technical expert was also the brains behind Solidworks, before he moved on to develop what we have here: A gesture-based interface (look ma! no parametric entry!) that's really intuitive.

The idea of being able to quickly develop the enclosure in parallel with your board/parts to get the optimum design is pretty cool too.

patrick.mannion
User Rank
Author
Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
patrick.mannion   9/13/2013 4:40:23 PM
NO RATINGS
If I were a 3D printer company, I'd be chomping at the bit to be in on the Allied/RS/Spaceclaim/Traceparts partnership. This software makes 3D modeling and printing so much more accessible!

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
Max The Magnificent   9/14/2013 12:50:37 PM
NO RATINGS
@Patrick: Just two more days until we can access the software -- by the time you and I meet up in California a week later, I hope to be able to blow you away with my 3D modelng prowess :-)

elctrnx_lyf
User Rank
Author
Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
elctrnx_lyf   9/14/2013 2:47:16 PM
NO RATINGS
This is the one I'm going to try this week. Seems really interesting !!!

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
Max The Magnificent   9/16/2013 10:13:31 AM
NO RATINGS
@elctrnx_lyf: This is the one I'm going to try this week. Seems really interesting !!!

As soon as I finish working my way through all the emails in my inbox, I'm going to download and install this software on all of my computers.

titux
User Rank
Author
No linux!
titux   9/17/2013 3:55:57 AM
NO RATINGS
Too bad they do not provide a linux version.

I'm going to google about this, but: does anyone know how painful is to make it run within a win emulator on linux?

cncdanb
User Rank
Author
Re: No linux!
cncdanb   9/17/2013 8:23:17 AM
NO RATINGS
Too bad it doesn't have practical import/export formats. As old as IGES is, it's still used extensively in a lot of fields. Also, it's listed as importing STEP files, but read the fine print. You can't edit the imported data.

 

DrFPGA
User Rank
Author
Share our Prototypes
DrFPGA   9/19/2013 11:27:34 AM
NO RATINGS
Maybe we can set-up a post or discussion location where we can share our initial prototypes using the tool. It would be fun to download others tests and see what they created.

Most Recent Comments
michigan0
 
SteveHarris0
 
realjjj
 
SteveHarris0
 
SteveHarris0
 
VicVat
 
Les_Slater
 
SSDWEM
 
witeken
Most Recent Messages
9/25/2016
4:48:30 PM
michigan0 Sang Kim First, 28nm bulk is in volume manufacturing for several years by the major semiconductor companies but not 28nm FDSOI today yet. Why not? Simply because unlike 28nm bulk the LDD(Lightly Doped Drain) to minimize hot carrier generation can't be implemented in 28nm FDSOI. Furthermore, hot carrier reliability becomes worse with scaling, That is the major reason why 28nm FDSOI is not manufacturable today and will not be. Second, how can you suppress the leakage currents from such ultra short 7nm due to the short channel effects? How thin SOI thickness is required to prevent punch-through of un-dopped 7nm FDSOI? Possibly less than 4nm. Depositing such an ultra thin film less then 4nm filum uniformly and reliably over 12" wafers at the manufacturing line is extremely difficult or not even manufacturable. If not manufacturable, the 7nm FDSOI debate is over!Third, what happens when hot carriers are generated near the drain at normal operation of 7nm FDSOI? Electrons go to the positively biased drain with no harm but where the holes to go? The holes can't go to the substrate because of the thin BOX layer. Some holes may become trapped at the BOX layer causing Vt shift. However, the vast majority of holes drift through the the un-dopped SOI channel toward the N+Source,...

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed