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Monday, 16 September 2013 09:15

DesignSpark Mechanical Release

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Allied Electronics and RS Components announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new free 3D solid modeling and assembly tool.

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages. It is a significant step in the evolution of the DesignSpark online resource hub for the engineering community.

The availability of DesignSpark Mechanical overcomes the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not currently have access to a 3D design solution, but who could benefit enormously from the use of 3D modeling to quickly develop sophisticated concepts and products. These impediments are the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. Not only is DesignSpark Mechanical free, its simplicity of use means that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.

"The launch of DesignSpark Mechanical is the first time a 3D design tool with this level of sophistication has been made freely available. Engineers will love using modeling software that is so intuitive and flexible," said Dan Stewart, Vice President of Marketing at Allied Electronics. "The use of DesignSpark Mechanical early in the design cycle can eliminate much of the time-consuming rework associated with traditional product development processes. This is a highly significant initiative that helps engineers to bring innovative products to market quickly, and DesignSpark Mechanical's STL output format enables direct export of designs to 3D printers."

With access to more than 38,000 3D models in the extensive DesignSpark online component library, DesignSpark Mechanical gives all engineers the ability to rapidly undertake an end-to-end design with professional-grade modeling tools that are at zero cost. RS and Allied have also collaborated with world-leading 3D content company TraceParts to provide access to millions of models from the online tracepartsonline.net CAD portal in DesignSpark Mechanical format.

"Allied and RS are partnering with SpaceClaim to launch DesignSpark Mechanical, which combines the power and ease-of-use of direct modeling technology from SpaceClaim with access to the massive library of standard parts from Allied and RS, trusted by millions of engineers around the world," said Rich Moore, vice president of business development for SpaceClaim.  "Feature-based CAD is more difficult to learn and with DesignSpark Mechanical, users can rapidly create 3D models to accelerate engineering design and improve their competitive advantage."

The active base of 3D CAD seats globally is currently estimated at approximately 1.5 million. However, it is also estimated that there are an additional 20 million engineers globally who do not currently use 3D CAD, but could significantly benefit from a tool such as DesignSpark Mechanical. It will enable design engineers not only to be more creative, but will also support a more efficient product development process, allowing the production of professional concepts right through to delivering highly detailed and dimensioned manufacturing blueprints.

DesignSpark Mechanical employs a powerful methodology called 'direct modeling', which is very different from traditional feature- or parametric-based 3D CAD software. The tool uses simple gestures that enable real-time editing and instant feedback, making it possible for engineers and others to create geometry and easily explore ideas and product concepts in 3D. All basic designs can be achieved quickly and easily via the use of the software's four basic tools – Pull, Move, Fill and Combine – in addition to its employment of familiar Windows keyboard shortcuts such as cut/paste, undo/redo, which makes it highly intuitive for new users.

The software can also be used as a complementary 3D tool in the product development process for the creation of early concept designs, for instance, alongside 3D CAD tools that are already in use today. The tool can remove bottlenecks in the early design process by allowing changes and additions in seconds, rather than having to wait for the CAD department using the traditional 3D tools to rework the design.

3D designs can also be exported in STL, the standard file format to enable rapid prototyping builds and computer-aided manufacturing, in addition to providing the ability to quickly obtain Bill-of-Materials (BOM) quotes via the Allied and RS websites. The tool can also import circuit layout files in IDF format from any PCB design tool, including the award-winning DesignSpark PCB software.

For more information, visit: www.designspark.com/mechanical

Friday, 19 October 2012 10:30

Allied Electronics Releases 2013 Catalog

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Allied Electronics, a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM),  released its 2013 Allied Catalog this month. The 2013 Allied Catalog showcases 10,000 new products in addition to the 115,000 products already featured in the book. Additionally, with two million parts accessible online, this breadth of product offering and product availability allows Allied to provide product solutions to a wide range of customers from various areas of industry and commerce.

New to this year’s catalog is an extensive product offering from Siemens. Other new suppliers include FLIR Commercial Systems, Interfan, Keithley Instruments/Tektronix, Spacecraft, wakefield-vette, WIKA Instrument Corporation and Yokogawa. Familiar brands such as TE Connectivity, Pepperl+Fuchs, Schneider Electric and Panasonic Electric Works are also included.

“The new catalog is designed to easily browse, research and compare products,” says Picky Malhotra, Director of Content, Catalog and Data Management at Allied. “It remains one of the best desktop tools for our customers. The catalog is not an ordering channel, but it is often the menu that is searched before ordering online.”

The new Allied 2013 Catalog was printed on sourced paper that meets the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The FSC has offered credible forest certification for more than 20 years and promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.

Allied Electronics is a small order, high service level distributor of electronic components and electromechanical products with over 50 sales offices across the United States and in Canada. With more than two million parts online and more than 115,000 products featured in the Allied Catalog, engineers and purchasers often look to Allied for a broad range of product solutions from over 300 world-class suppliers.

The 2013 Allied Catalog will soon be available in an online format.

To request a free copy of the 2013 Allied Catalog, visit: www.alliedelec.com/2013Catalog

Monday, 10 October 2011 10:48

Allied Electronics Releases 2012 Catalog

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Allied Electronics, a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM),  released its 2012 Allied Catalog in October. The 2012 Allied Catalog showcases more than 12,000 new products from over 300 industry-leading suppliers.

The new catalog offers even more products in the Industrial Automation, Connector and Test and Measurement categories. Brand expansions include Molex, TE Connectivity, Kemet, Eaton, IDEC, Microchip, Phoenix Contact and LAPP USA. In addition, the catalog features products from several new suppliers, including ABB, Mean Well, Vishay Precision Group, Panasonic Passives, FTDI Chip, EasySYNC, Nichicon, Kenwood, Klein Tools, SAB, Platinum Tools and Flowline.

“Our 2012 Catalog is your window to our product range,” says Lee Davidson, president of Allied Electronics. “Quickly glance through to see our broad range of products in eight major categories: Test & Measurement, Interconnect, Enclosures, Power, Automation & Control, Optoelectronics, Passive and Active, and Assembly. The Allied catalog remains one of your best desktop tools.”

The new Allied catalog also meets Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification. All paper used in the catalog was obtained from the SFI program, which integrates the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the protection of wildlife, plants, soil, water and air quality.

The 2012 Allied Catalog will also be available in an online format. To request a free copy of the 2012 Allied Catalog, visit: www.alliedelec.com/2012Catalog

Allied Electronics is a small order, high service level distributor of electronic components and electromechanical products with over 50 sales offices across the United States and in Canada. With more than two million parts online and more than 115,000 products featured in the Allied Catalog, engineers and purchasers often look to Allied for a broad range of product solutions from over 300 world-class suppliers. Allied Electronics and RS Components are trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products headquartered in Oxford, England.

RS Components, Allied Electronics' parent company based in the United Kingdom, recently won Printed Circuit Design & Fab (PCD&F) magazine's award for New Product Introduction of the Year in the PCB Design Tools category. DesignSpark PCB received the award based on creativity, innovation and user friendliness, as voted by an independent panel of practicing industry engineers. The powerful, professional PCB design tool was introduced by RS in July 2010 and has since been downloaded from the company's DesignSpark web site more than 80,000 times.

"DesignSpark PCB is one of the tools at the heart of the RS Components philosophy of making it quick and easy for engineers to find, buy and design with electronic components," comments Chris Page, Head of Electronics at RS Components. "Its global popularity is evident by the number of times it has been downloaded from our website, and this award, run by one of the world's leading authorities on PCB design, is testament to the work of the whole team here at RS. It demonstrates just how closely we understand what it takes to help electronics designers become more productive in their day-to-day work."

PCD&F Editor-in-Chief Mike Buetow presented the award to RS Technical Marketing Engineer Martin Keenan during a ceremony at the Apex Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 12, 2011. PCD&F is an industry-leading magazine geared toward PCB Designers and fabricators all over the world.

For more information visit: www.designspark.com

RS Components, Allied Electronics' parent company based in the United Kingdom, recently launched DesignSpark.com, an online community that provides resources, design support and a free PCB tool for engineers. Now on its second version, the DesignSpark PCB tool is a free PCB design software package. More than 50,000 users have downloaded DesignSpark PCB since launching eight months ago, with the tool proving to be one of the most popular free PCB design software packages available.

A key feature of the PCB tool is the 3D viewer, which enables engineers to see a three-dimensional representation of their board at any stage during design, allowing fast evaluation of mechanical design requirements within their existing eCAD package. Library features and output graphics allow users to create and save new libraries, move components directly to libraries from the design view, and provide flexibility in reports and print options.

"Free-to-use software tools are valued by engineers when they reduce not just cost, but time-to-market for new designs," says Martin Keenan, RS Technical Marketing Engineer for DesignSpark PCB. "With new 3D visualisation, enhanced features and functionality, DesignSpark PCB delivers faster development and migration for free, meeting the requirements of our user community."

DesignSpark PCB remains unique in the industry as a free, fully-featured PCB development environment. The software is free to download for new users at www.designspark.com/pcb, with feedback and user support forums also available on www.designspark.com

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