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ronan walsh17/12/2014 21:45:02
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Just downloaded the latest issue of this excellent free software and i cannot use it as it won't let me sign in. Has anyone else had this problem ?

ronan walsh17/12/2014 21:50:26
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The problem has resolved itself, please disregard. thanks.

Muzzer18/12/2014 12:31:50
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Interesting! That looks pretty good. Hope you'll tell us how you get on with it!

It appears to be a cut down version of Spaceclaim. I've no experience of that myself but it looks as if it's a pretty capable professional 3D CAD system.


Edited By Muzzer on 18/12/2014 12:47:25

Ady118/12/2014 14:24:24
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.msi only, no .exe

thought i'd warn anyone who has old XP software and hasn't downloaded the 1gb NET framework

Roger Woollett18/12/2014 15:29:43
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Installation does seem to be a bit suspect. I also had problems logging in but after a few tries it worked.

On Vista it claims my operating system is unsupported but it still seems to work. No problem on Windows 7,

They have tidied up the user interface and I think now support Sketchup 2014 (but not 2015). Has anyone found any actual improvements?

Roger Woollett

Ady119/12/2014 15:27:39
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I downloaded designspark version 1 and upgraded to MS net4.0 (The last windows xp NET version)

The 3D rendering is very slick and impressive indeed(only looked at it for an hour)

I had to downgrade my video card 3D settings to "balanced" in start/control panel/display/advanced

Well worth a look if you're after a functional 3D freebie

Ady120/12/2014 01:42:34
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It's very intuitive.

I've yet to look at any help files and can create and manipulate 3D widgets with ease


Ady120/12/2014 03:41:10
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Ady120/12/2014 12:52:15
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Helix threading within 24 hours of my first look

Apparently the files can be saved in that 3D printing format, STL


Michael Gilligan20/12/2014 16:12:39
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Posted by Ady1 on 20/12/2014 12:52:15:

Helix threading within 24 hours of my first look


Now that is very impressive, Ady


John Stevenson20/12/2014 17:33:18
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Could have done with that last week when i had to make 16 brush caps for some obsolete servo motors.

Made these out of Corian as it takes a thread better than Tufnol. Need to learn this 3D CAD.

I was booked on a Turbocad course at the start of December with Paul [ the CAD ] Tracy but he got taken ill and had to postpone it.

Grizzly bear20/12/2014 17:57:05
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Nice, Ady1

Question for J.S.

John, How did you get the knurls/finger grips on those brush caps. Nice work.

If the answer is a knurling tool, my apologies for a silly question.

I'm not familiar with Corian.

Regards, Bear..

Roger Woollett20/12/2014 18:07:52
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I agree DSM is easy to use.


I have used it for 3D prints very happily. For this design I create 2D dimensioned views and take them to the workshop. They would not satisfy the purists but they work for me. It is still work in progress as you may be able to spot.

Roger Woollett

ronan walsh20/12/2014 23:56:15
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So Ady, what is different in this version of the software , compared to the last ?

Versaboss21/12/2014 00:35:17
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Posted by Ady1 on 19/12/2014 15:27:39:

I downloaded designspark version 1 and upgraded to MS net4.0 (The last windows xp NET version)


Well worth a look if you're after a functional 3D freebie

Hi Adi,

could you explain with some more words? I found and got and installed that Net 4.0, but when trying to install Designspark it Insisted it needs version 4.5

The error message was:

Prerequisite check for system component Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 (x86 and x64) failed with the following error message:
"Installation of the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is not supported on this operating system. Contact your application vendor."

So how exactly did you overcome that obstacle?

Regards, HansR.

Ady121/12/2014 11:28:34
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I used the old original version 1, not version 2

The file you want if you use xp is

I got it from software informer


Ady121/12/2014 11:42:46
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I've been looking for a simple reliable 3D cad which can do 3d printing for a while

Just for a rainy day, if I ever need it, which is possible in the future

This definitely fits the bill, pretty amazing that it's free as well

Edited By Ady1 on 21/12/2014 11:43:21

peter ravenscroft21/12/2014 12:16:33
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i have just downloaded desighnspark but cant run it as i do not have a sold to number how do i get one



Ady121/12/2014 12:27:35
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You must have version 2, or the full retail version

I never got asked for anything except a general email registration with version 1

blowlamp21/12/2014 12:33:46
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Can someone please list the file formats Designspark 2 is able to load and save to.



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