DesignSpark Mechanical Download Figures Rocket to More Than 50,000 in under Two Weeks, Revealing Huge Appetite for Globally Accessible 3D Design

Rush to download free, fast and easy-to-use 3D design software from RS and Allied shows firm signs that the desire to innovate is alive and kicking

OXFORD, England — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 27, 2013RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, have disclosed preliminary data showing that in the first two weeks since the launch of DesignSpark Mechanical, the new free 3D design tool has registered over 50,000 downloads from DesignSpark.com, the company’s online engineering community. More than three quarters of these downloads were recorded in the first seven days of the tool’s availability.

The urgency among engineers to try out this simple 3D modelling and assembly software, which RS co-developed with 3D design specialist SpaceClaim, is a strong measure of the requirement for freely accessible, time saving design tools. The statistics indicate that this requirement is global, stretching across more than 150 countries. DesignSpark Mechanical is available in multiple languages.

Mark Cundle, Global Head of Technical Marketing at RS, said, “If there was ever any doubt about the potential demand for a free 3D design tool, these staggering initial uptake figures are more than proof that engineers in every part of the world are hungry for tools that make it faster and easier to complete the design process and get their products to market. The simplicity and affordability of DesignSpark Mechanical opens up 3D design to a much wider engineering base and creates a level playing field for companies of all sizes to compete.”

DesignSpark Mechanical is available for free download from www.designspark.com/mechanical. Support can be found on the DesignSpark community at www.designspark.com.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of £1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin:

http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc:

www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components:

www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark:

http://www.designspark.com

 

 



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