RS Components makes 3D printing even more affordable

RS Components is offering a special bundle that combines advanced 3D modelling software and 3D printing hardware, and which provides advanced and highly affordable 3D design and prototyping capabilities.

RS is offering a 40% reduction in price of the RS IdeaWerk 3D printer ( when purchased with DesignSpark Exchange and DesignSpark Drawing – which are add-on software modules that extend the capabilities of DesignSpark Mechanical, the advanced free-for-download 3D modelling software developed by RS and SpaceClaim.

The RS IdeaWerk 3D printer uses the FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology and offers high-level specifications including a build volume of 150 x 150 x 140mm and a minimum layer thickness resolution of 0.18mm. The single-head system accepts 1.75mm-diameter PLA filament materials with various different colours. The use of environmentally friendly PLA means no toxicity or chemical pollution or unpleasant smells, making it highly suitable for use in the home as well as in the industrial environment. Offering a robust and sturdy construction with dimensions of 211(L) x 403(W) x 298mm(H) and a weight of only 7.5kg, the RS IdeaWerk is easy to assemble and use and also lightweight enough to be portable.

Although DesignSpark Mechanical is an advanced 3D direct-modelling tool that can be downloaded free of charge, RS has also made available premium modules that significantly extend the functionality of the software tool.

The first module, DesignSpark Mechanical Exchange, ( adds advanced import/export capabilities and enables the import, modification and export of industry-standard STEP and IGES file formats, which allows full exchange of design data with other popular 3D CAD tools. The module also enables engineers to integrate DesignSpark Mechanical into a product development toolchain that works across various software platforms, moving beyond concept creation to a seamless workflow for producing final designs.

The second module, DesignSpark Mechanical Drawing, ( adds SpaceClaim’s Associative Drawing environment, which allows the changing of designs, as well as the ability to create and modify geometry from within drawing views. It enables the creation of detailed dimensioned drawings allowing designers to move beyond concept development and the 3D printing of prototypes and on to final manufacturing.

The offer is available globally with the exception of Japan, where there is a 40% price reduction for the MUTOH MF-500 3D printer, when purchased with the DesignSpark Mechanical add-on modules.

The special 3D printing bundle, comprising DesignSpark Mechanical add-on modules and the RS IdeaWerk 3D printer, is available for purchase at priced at £954. The DesignSpark Mechanical software can be downloaded free-of-charge from the RS website