Howto get an idea to the DesignSpark Mechanical Tool with a Coggle Mindmap

At this moment the folks at Design Spark run a “Design Spark Mechanical Challenge“. As I am always in for a challenge I downloaded their free software and twittered that I would create a “hello world” project.

Installing the software is easy and the learning curve is not that steep.

Meanwhile I looked at some of the already submitted projects that are presented on their website. If you are willing you can join some of those awesome projects! How about creating a water purification system that can be printed with a 3D printer and does not need any other high tech materials at all?

Yes, that sort of neat projects are already on the roll..

DesignSpark Mechanical project from

DesignSpark Mechanical project from

Now back to the drawing board. You can use prefab components from different companies or design it yourself. a Very usefull resource can be find here.

So, with that many awesome projects already arround, I decided to let the challenge the challenge and try to use it with a project we are working on behind the scenes.

If you think about a project you need to keep a focus on all the different aspects of it. Therefore some genius invented a pencil and paper  mindmapping software!

Searching the internet I settled with Coggle. a Free webbased mindmap platform.

a coggle from

a coggle from

True, there are many other mindmap packages to be found. Some look better, have more tools but this one is good enough for me. Did I mention its a free service and has some powertools in it that are very usefull?

Back to the story board.

Wirh Coggle my project will become a mindmap. After that I can build pieces of the mindmap with tools like DesignSpark Mechanical (its free too!) or other 3d software.

More about the project and prototype later!

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