RS Components has announced that more than one million 3D models have now been downloaded via its DesignSpark 3D model catalogue.
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.”
CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!
Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER
From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.
Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:
LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home
LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine, debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules, a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation.
Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.
The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft
Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now:
- Hoppy American IPA
- Golden American Pale Ale
- Full-bodied English Stout
- Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
- Dry Czech Pilsner
The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.
“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”
Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.
CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary
At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.
Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.
Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.
“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”
Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops