Developed in conjunction with TraceParts, the 3D models are freely available to all designers and can be used by electronics and mechanical engineers in their 3D modelling CAD programmes, such as the free-to-download DesignSpark Mechanical software from RS, to speed design and enable rapid prototyping. The 3D model catalogue can significantly reduce design time for engineers as well as eliminating the inevitable risks related to the manual creation of 3D models.
Available to engineers since May 2010, the 3D model catalogue started in a small way with just a few thousand 3D models. Today the catalogue offers easy access to 100+ million 3D models, available via the TraceParts 3D library, including in excess of 45,000 3D models tagged with RS part numbers. The models are available in over 20 different CAD formats from more than 90 manufacturers. Access to all of the 3D models was integrated into version 2.0 of DesignSpark Mechanical, which was launched in December 2014, triggering a substantial acceleration in the number of 3D model downloads via DesignSpark.
“The millionth download is a major milestone for the RS 3D model programme, which has been achieved by working closely with world-leading 3D content company TraceParts, and with tremendous support from major global component suppliers such as Phoenix Contact, Schneider and Molex,” said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS.
“Being the exclusive supplier of RS Components for 3D models is a great honour for TraceParts,” commented Gabriel Guigue, TraceParts Managing Director. “For over 20 years, TraceParts has been providing best-in-class modelling, cloud-hosting & publishing services for CAD catalogues to hundreds of manufacturers and distributors, but RS is definitely one of the most marketing-mature and service-driven part vendors we’ve ever met. They had a unique and very pioneering approach as early as 2010, when it came to seamlessly integrating TraceParts 3D viewing and multi-CAD download capabilities within their e-commerce product pages. We’ve earnt a lot from RS Components during those past five years and we’re looking forward helping them launching many more 3D-marketing services in the future.”