DesignSpark Mechanical

Who Uses DesignSpark Mechanical?

Professional design engineers, University/school students, Hobbyists, Makers

What Is DesignSpark Mechanical?

DesignSpark Mechanical is a 3D CAD solution designed to help engineers and educational institutions use inbuilt 3D models to create and export technical drawings in STEP & IGES file formats. It offers measurement tools, which enable designers to analyze the size and shape of designs created. Businesses can use its 3D sketch module to create intricate and realistic designs. It also lets administrators use price and stock information to generate online quotes and bill of materials.

DesignSpark Mechanical Details

RS Components

https://www.rs-online.com

Founded 1937

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US$179.00/month

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DesignSpark Mechanical deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base

Deployment

  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Windows (On-Premise)

Training

  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

DesignSpark Mechanical Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Component Library
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Content Library
  • Custom Development
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Visualisation
  • Design Management
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Image Editing
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Projects
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Process Control
  • Projections
  • Real Time Comparisons
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery
  • Workflow Management

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  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Application Management
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bills of Material
  • Built-In Database
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Library
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drafting
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Historical Reporting
  • Image Editing
  • Labeling
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Organisational Charting
  • Product Catalogue
  • Project Management
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Search/Filter
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Visual Discovery
  • Website Integration
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management

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DesignSpark Mechanical Reviews for UK Users

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Overall rating

4.4/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.5
Customer Service 4.4
Features 4.1
Value for Money 4.5

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Giuseppe B.
software developer analista programmatore
Executive Office, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 14/01/2019

"command line"

Pros: it is free, it is complete and very professional

Cons: i woul like to use a command line with the same commands like in the famous Autocad.
So an Autocad operator has not to learn cad again.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 14/01/2019
Ryan R.
Mr
Food Production, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/12/2020

"Fantastic Software for Free!"

Comments: Overall, I'd say that this software works great for me. I've used a number of other 3D modeling packages, and I keep coming back to this one when I need to model up a small part for 3D printing. They seem to be continuing the development of this software and they've kept it free, so what is there to complain about!

Pros: Designspark Mechanical is easy to get started with. The user interface and tools are much more intuitive than some of the other options that I've tried in the past. It is refreshing to see an interface that doesn't have icons and options littered all over the screen. Even though the software is simpler to use, I'm still able to easily model things that are dimensionally accurate. Some of the other "simple" 3D modeling programs are not so great at that.

Cons: Although it can do most of what the other software packages can do, sometimes the path to get there can be a bit different. One thing that I struggled with was mirroring of objects. You actually have to make the mirror line before you start drawing, or you just can't mirror things. That takes a little more thought ahead of time to remember that.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 07/12/2020
Mike S.
Technical Director
Maritime, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 17/06/2021

"Fast learning curve, excellent price"

Comments: To be honest a significant amount of use for me is quicly sketching things up (ie subsea equipment layout) to email to clients, either screen captures or 3D PDF. I do use it for real mechanical drawings however, for 3D printing as well as sending good quality 2D drawings to our engineering shop (though I did purchase the 'Drawing' Add-on for that)

Pros: Apart from the fact it's free, well the basic package anyway (there are Add-Ons), I don't think you could call any engineering software truly intuitive, but I really was up and designing things the first day. That was in 2015. I wouldn't call myself an expert user, sometimes I won't touch it for weeks or more, but each time I do it always does what I want it to do.

Cons: DSM does lack a few features, for instance object colours and decent rendering, and back grounds, though v5 has made significant improvement on those. I was disappointed to find there's almost nothing in the way of built in or online libraries. Communicating with companies who use other packages is becoming more of a problem as dsm can only export a handfull of formats. There is another Add-On which improves that situation though.

Vendor Response

by RS Components on 23/06/2021

Hi Mike,

Thank you for the review.
We just wanted to clarify that there is an extensive online library available in the DesignSpark Mechanical software and it has several ready-to-insert 3D parts ranging from screws and bolts to entire electronic development boards. This library is accessible to software users from the 3D button in the Design tab of the ribbon bar.
Hope this helps you.

Kind regards,
DesignSpark

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 17/06/2021
Daniel D.
Designer
Business Supplies & Equipment, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    2 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    3 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    6/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/02/2020

"Un logiciel rapide, efficace, intuitif, gratuit, ... mais limité."

Comments: J'utilise DesignSpark Mechanical pour de la création, du design pour l'impression 3D et autres projets personnels.
Je suis complètement ravis d'utiliser DesignSpark, mais l'impossibilité d'enregistrer en STEP et le faite de devoir être tout le temps en ligne, me fait me questionner quand au changement de logiciel...

Pros: Le logiciel est très intuitif dans son utilisation. On arrive rapidement à des modélisations très efficaces. C'est le logiciel CAO le plus simple et facile de ce que j'ai vu, de tout les retours des personnes que je connais, et des discussions sur forums. Il permet un résultat complétement professionnel, et permet de faire de l’impression 3D avec l’export en STL. Le logiciel est gratuit.

Cons: Le logiciel est gratuit, mais nécessite d’avoir internet (pas d’utilisation offline) et de créer un compte gratuit. Le gros point noir qui peut peser est qu’il est impossible d’enregistrer l’assemblage dans un format partageable sur un autre logiciel (type STL). Toute les créations sont donc perdue si vous changé de logiciel … Aucun autre logiciel n’ouvrant du RSDOC. Il est impossible également de faire une mise en plan, sans payer un Plugin. On peut acheter un plugin pour exporter en STEP, pour environ 800 euros. Ce qui n’est pas donné pour un maker.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/02/2020
David M.
CEO
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 08/08/2020

"Model Based Design can be Simple and Inexpensive"

Comments: We needed a fast and easy to use model based design system for the early development of an energy storage system. We evaluated a number of products and DesignSpark was the best for our needs.

Pros: We use DesignSpark for initial conceptual engineering and simulation. It is by far the easiest and most intuitive model based design platform available.

Cons: Would like to see additional export formats that can be input into Computation Fluid Dynamic packages such as Simscale.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 08/08/2020