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RS Components introduces comprehensive free 3D model library

05.05.2010

Oxford, UK, 5 May 2010 - RS Components today announced a comprehensive library of certified 3D and 2D CAD models of electromechanical components, downloadable free of charge. The service provides free and simple access to the most comprehensive online library of electromechanical CAD models available today.

RS partnered with TraceParts, a leading digital engineering 3D content supplier to offer the service. Visitors to the RS website will see a rotating 3D model of parts where a model is available, with links to "classic" images to show details of colour or surface finish. Registered users can request the model from the database, which is converted into the file format chosen by the user depending on their CAD package. The first 20,000 of its 45,000 electromechanical components are available now. The remainder are under development and will continue to be added to the TraceParts database in up to 23 neutral and native formats freely available in the coming months. The TraceParts database also serves a number of other important CAD Vendor websites, giving users a number of different ways of accessing the models.

The comprehensive nature of the RS library is unmatched in the industry, bringing the true benefits of 3D CAD modelling to its customers for no extra charge and without the need to download or install additional software. Each model is automatically displayed by an embedded viewer, compatible with all standard Java-enabled web browsers.

"The use of 3D CAD models in the electronics industry continues to increase," said Mark Cundle, Technical Marketing Manager, RS Components. "Creating models for use in CAD packages can be a time-consuming process, hindered by the largely non-standardised formats used by a wide variety of CAD packages. Some 3D CAD models are available from manufacturers but these can be hard to find or only available on request. RS is offering a comprehensive range of certified 3D models that can be downloaded in all major CAD file formats, free of charge, from a single source."

A further advantage of the new RS service is that a unique image will eventually exist for all product variants. Previously, families of products were often represented pictorially by one particular popular or high level variant of the product range.

The 3D models are one of three new platforms launched to provide engineers with an authoritative online environment to support their latest designs. In addition to the models, RS also today announced a comprehensive, vendor-independent parametric database of electronic components and recently launched an enhancement of its EDP embedded development environment. Later this year, RS will extend this environment, adding free PCB design tools that enable engineers to carry out the whole of their design using online resources from RS, and also interact live with other engineers and RS technical support during the process.

About RS Components

RS Components is the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, one of the largest global catalogue and web-based distributor of Electronic, Electro-mechanical and Industrial components. The Group serves nearly 1.6 million customers worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 17 warehouses, RS distributes 500,000 products from over 2,500 suppliers. The Group has an annual turnover of over £974 million and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more details on the Group please visit the corporate website (www.electrocomponents.com).

About TraceParts

TraceParts is a leading digital engineering content company, offering customers progressive business solutions through powerful web based products and services. TraceParts helps customers improve marketing efficiencies by increasing the value of their existing digital product data. The tracepartsonline.net CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.traceparts.com.

Editorial contacts:

Andrea Barnard
RS Components

Tel: +44 1865 207464
andrea.barnard@rs-components.com

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