Additive Manufacturing Software for small batch production of 3D printed parts
Software manufacturer CoreTechnologie presented version 1.3 of its 4D_Additive software in May 2021. The 3D printing tool, which is equipped with new functions, is specifically dedicated to the current processes and higher requirements of small batch production of 3D printed parts.
The latest version of CoreTechnologie's 4D_Additive additive manufacturing software is equipped with new features to meet the increased demands of small batch production of 3D printed parts.
For the first time, the new version 1.3 provides an application programming interface (API) for Hewlett Packard and Photocentric machines enable a seamless and time saving process to send the slicing data generated on the computer directly to the printers.
Another highlight is the revised texture module, which can be used to quickly and easily enhance the surfaces of CAD models as well as STL bodies with various surface textures. In addition to the option of applying your own designs, there are over 5000 predefined patterns to choose from. In addition, logos and QR codes can be generated and texts as well as incremental part IDs can be applied on the printing parts.
Especially for powder bed machines, the so-called nesting functions have been improved to ensure fast and thermally optimized filling of the build space. The new version uses AI algorithms to selectively fill free areas in the build space and ensure constant slice areas of the individual layers.
The enormously calculation speed results from the use of all available processors of the computer. It is possible to prepare the nesting of parts manually and optionally define the degrees of freedom around X, Y and Z individually for each part.
The new position correction for SLS and SLM parts serves to avoid surface defects caused by zig-zag movements of the laser on the bottom and top slice layer of the parts. For manual positioning, the new software version offers an intelligent Powercopy function using a voxel representation of the models for high packing density.
An automatic repair function for scan data delivers closed and homogeneous STL models in the shortest possible time. The functions for cutting CAD and STL models have also been extensively revised, with various joining patterns such as pins or grooves now also available.