America’s largest 3D printing event returned this week, with over 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest 3D printers, software, materials and hardware. With the RAPID+ TCT show now well underway in Huntington Place, Detroit, there has already been a whole host of developments regarding 3D printing software.
Materialize introduced the latest iteration of its flagship print preparation program, Dyndrite signed several new software partnerships and Freemelt launched its new process optimization software Pixelmelt.
Read on for the latest RAPID+ TCT 2022 news from Materialise, Dyndrite and Freemelt.
Materialize presents Magics 26
Leading additive manufacturing software developer Materialize showcased Magics 26 at the show, the latest version of the company’s widely used print preparation software.
The big upgrade here is the addition of native support for CAD-based workflows, which allows users to edit and iterate on CAD files directly within Magics. Prior to the update, users could only work with conventional mesh-based 3D file formats such as STL. Each of the file types offers its own advantages as CAD lends itself to higher resolutions when editing parts, but mesh provides a reliable format that is guaranteed compatible with all 3D printers.
The integration of native CAD support should benefit those who frequently switch between part design and manufacturing preparation. Saving parts in a CAD file format saves time when redesigning a component, while ensuring better geometric integrity.
“The way forward is to combine mesh and CAD for data preparation in 3D printing,” said Egwin Bovyn, Product Line Manager Materialize. “Mesh-based workflows have significant advantages for applications and operations in data and build preparation with current 3D printing technologies. The introduction of CAD-based workflows in Magics 26 opens up the path to enhanced hybrid workflows in future versions of our software.
Dyndrite signs three new software partnerships
3D printing software developer Dyndrite has signed three new partnerships with 3D printer OEMs Azul 3D and Impossible Objects, as well as printhead technology provider Meteor Inkjet.
Azul 3D will integrate Dyndrite’s Application Development Kit (ADK) into its LAKE 3D printing systems, which are based on Azul’s High Are Rapid (HARP) printing technology. Specifically, the companies will work together to develop a suite of custom software applications that enable better image generation, construction compensation, and other features such as construction automation. The upgrades, slated to launch later this year, aim to increase the productivity of LAKE printers while improving build quality for industrial applications.
Similarly, Impossible Objects chose to work with Dyndrite’s ADK to power its own composite-based additive manufacturing (CBAM) systems. Using the company’s purpose-built geometry engine, Impossible Objects were able to create an early-stage automated print preparation workflow that dramatically improved build times by dramatically reducing the need for intervention. manual human.
“Committing to Dyndrite software was an easy choice to make at this point,” said Robert Swartz, CEO of Impossible Objects. “Two weeks into our initial project, manual build preparation went from three hours to minutes, as we automated with Dyndrite tools. 3D data processing benchmarks went from 56 minutes to 5 minutes , so the entire four-hour process is now completed in less than 10 minutes, a 95% reduction in time.
Finally, Meteor Inkjet has expanded its partnership with Dyndrite with the development of Meteoryte. The new software tool is aimed at 3D printer manufacturers looking to integrate inkjet printheads into their systems and provides a set of toolkits that streamline product development. Using Meteoryte, machine builders can easily import out-of-the-box features such as 3D mesh and geometry manipulation, a viewport for part visualization, and construction slicing up to resolutions of 1200 dpi.
Freemelt launches its Pixelmelt software
Freemelt, a developer of electron beam melting (EBM) 3D printers, has announced its new Pixelmelt software. Scheduled to launch in Q3 2022, the process optimization tool is designed for initial use with the company’s Freemelt ONE research system and allows users to change process parameters across multiple parts in one. version.
Ulric Ljungblad, CEO of Freemelt, said: “A laser-based 3D printer can scan the beam at around 10 meters per second. Freemelt’s proprietary electron beam can move the beam 4,000 meters per second, several hundred times faster than a laser beam. This means that the beam can jump between tens of thousands of melting points every second and distribute the heat optimally.
Thanks to Pixelmelt, Freemelt customers will also now be able to melt their powdered materials in free point patterns on a surface rather than along parallel lines, paving the way for improved productivity.
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