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patrick.mannion
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Opening possibilties
patrick.mannion   9/14/2013 1:20:08 PM
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This  just makes 3D printing all that more attractive. I'm torn between getting a new home laptop, which we need, and getting a 3D printer, which I'm desperately trying to justify. You got yours for $400+, right?

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Empowering engineers
kfield   9/14/2013 2:13:45 PM
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Tools like these are really empowering engineers to do so much more than when I first came into the field. I'd love to hear from anyone who have given these tools a test drive--or more.

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Aeroengineer   9/14/2013 3:49:25 PM
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I have a post getting ready to go up here very soon.  I can say that this tool is a great tool.  I am waiting till all is out in the open before I post anything so that I am sure that I am not disclosing anything that I should not. 

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kfield   9/15/2013 9:43:56 AM
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@aeroengineer  Cool - can't wait!  Are you a beta tester for the company?

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looks good
Caleb Kraft   9/15/2013 12:08:00 PM
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Like I said before, this thing looks great. I'd really like to try it out. I can't wait.

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_hm   9/15/2013 8:21:57 PM
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That is wonderful news for fresh engineer and young hobbyist. Also check element14 community. Along with very low price tools like Eagle for PCB and other, they also provide technical support by volunteer expert engineer.

 

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Re: Opening possibilties
Max The Magnificent   9/16/2013 9:32:57 AM
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@Patrick: You got yours for $400+, right?


It was $499 -- plus I got the $99 upgrade for the heated base (allows you to print larger objects without them curling up)

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Caleb Kraft   9/16/2013 9:54:57 AM
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I'd wait till max gives his a try and posts his thoughts. You never know what the quality of a 3d printer is right now. It is almost like the wild west where anyone can claim anything and no one will argue. The printer I currently have is less than optimal, so I'm curious about Max's as well.

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Doctek   9/16/2013 11:46:30 PM
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Downloaded DesignSpark today and spent lunch reading tutorials. Here are my impressions:

1 - Ease of use looks about the same as other CAD packages. Still a learning curve if you want to do anything interesting.

2 - Please don't call it a complete, professional level CAD package. It has no sweep or loft capabilities, so no way to make smooth, blended shapes (like a car body or a catsup bottle).

3- No export capability in STEP or IGS formats, so using with another package is out.

4- Very limited ability to import STEP - imported object is just a blob.

Conclusion: I'll stick with FreeCAD and OpenSCAD, thank you anyway.

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Martin Keenan   9/18/2013 1:52:51 PM
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Hi Doctek Thanks for your interest and comments! Like any application, one needs to learn some basics to get started. There is no need for formal training with DesignSpark mechanical and I would say our "learning curve" is very short indeed when compared with other 3d tools. Loft blend and sweep are all there, along with several other powerful tools. Our intention here first and foremost is to support the global engineering community, Allied and RS customers with access to a great tool - in addition to the ability to rapidly creat and edit accurate geometry we give access to over 38,000 components from our product offer and the ability to generate an accurate quote for your design. For product proposals, concept work, prototyping and onwards we feel we are giving engineers a hugely capable tool that addresses the needs of a huge number of engineers that haven't been able to leverage the benefits of 3d design to date. The ability to access our library and get a quote from us saves huge amounts of time and shortens the design cycle for our customers - the ability to import the entire trace parts online library and import from sketchup have also been very well received thus far! Anyway, I don't want to list a bunch of features here that are easy to find elsewhere, just to conclude by saying thanks for your interest and if you get time to fully evaluate the product we will gratefully welcome your feedback. We will continue to listen to our customers & users and adapt to their needs (e.g. In the case of DesignSpark PCB). If you are happy with the two products mentioned below that you are using for 3d modelling today that's super too :) Thanks, Martin

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