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RS Components' DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modeling software helps develop human flight suit

RS Components' DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modeling software helps develop human flight suit

May 25, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, announced that its DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software tool was used in the development of the ‘Daedalus’ jet-engine flight suit, which was demonstrated at a recent TED conference in Vancouver and reported via many news organisations as the real-life ‘Iron Man’.

The ‘Daedalus’ flight suit is the brainchild of Richard Browning, who early last year began working on his vision to create a viable anti-gravity jet-engine suit, as well as building a company that could re-imagine human flight.  Throughout 2016, Browning and his team designed and built the Daedalus prototype suit, including testing and multiple design iterations, before filing patents for the technology and launching Gravity, a human-propulsion company.

The Daedalus design team, which included experienced CAD operators, used complex 3D design software to create the initial CAD renditions for the first suit prototype. However, Browning wanted to make changes to the design and shape 3D models himself. This would have meant at least one week of intensive training on the CAD tools, which was simply not possible given Browning’s busy schedule and the timescales for the project.

The answer was the free-to-download DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software from RS, which uses direct modelling technology rather than the parametric methods used by traditional CAD software. When combined with DesignSpark Mechanical’s functionality, this can help a user to graduate from novice to CAD expert within a matter of hours, as users only need to use a few basic functions within the tool to add or directly modify existing model geometry. The tool also enables users to move between different material rendering modes, such as metal or plastic, as well as enabling them to collaborate with others via the software’s built-in 3D PDF generator.

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, a provider of 3D modelling software for engineers, DesignSpark Mechanical is a key tool in the RS DesignSpark initiative to provide engineers with resources that enable them to rapidly develop prototypes in the product concept design stage. The software is also available with a pair of extended professional engineering options, which turns the tool into a highly capable and low-cost 3D CAD solution.

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