SOFTSHAPER New Release.Agnieszka
SOFTSHAPER – the professional software tailored to the needs of industrial printing machines in FDM technology, also compatible with low-budget 3D printers, has just presented the latest release of its essential functions.
As the creators assure, it is worth to consider exchanging the existing software to a software well suited to high technological and material requirements in thermoplastic printing technology.
SOFTSHAPER was one of the first to offer an Innovative Layer Modification Solution – Individual modification of individual or groups of layers to assign a separate print technology.
Example of grouping layers for a set of models.
Automatic selection of groups due to the size of the geometry.
Most applications that control the printing process modify the infill parameters, supports or contours only for the entire model. SOFTSHAPER application allows individual modification of each layer. We alter specific features of the model only in those areas where it is necessary. This approach enables you to save time and material while significantly increasing the strength of the print and obtaining the required technological features.
Advanced support functions.
Automatic and manual support setting up mode with a large number of support shapes depending on your requirements. The parameterization of the support process allows you to customize the type of filling, modify support areas, as well as contour generation. SOFTSHAPER enables you to compensate the adhesion forces of the model and support, by the ability to control the offset of these structures in the XY plane along the Z-axis.
Example of automatically added support structures.
Example of manual supports set up.
Support is one of the most critical aspects of the 3D printing process. In addition to the automatic, the SOFTSHAPER application also has an object-oriented support mechanism. In the first case, the software detects areas that require support. The object-generated mode gives the user the ability to add or remove selected objects so that he has control over the support area. The software also allows you to specify the parameters of the support’s density. It is possible to set a higher density of the support in the most critical areas, such as the contact of the support with the model. In others, the density of supports can be set up to the optimal rigidity. This process reduces the time needed for printing support structures and turns into faster total print time.
Dynamic control of cooling and printing speed / to the required geometry precision.
The printing process is a technological process which is mainly influenced by thermal phenomena occurring in the extruded material. Depending on the model geometry and the trajectory generated by the printhead movement, heat nodes in the form of small geometry may appear on the model. That is why the user needs to have full control over the technological process. The SOFTSHAPER application allows you to customize these parameters by automatically adapting the speed and cooling values on the model. It enables specifying places requiring increased or reduced cooling of the printed layers. This feature significantly improves the quality of printed models and the degree of detail offprint.
Visualization of the dynamic speed control function.
Visualization of the dynamic cooling control function.
Models printed in the additive technology feature with complicated geometry. These are models that have both thin-walled features of small width and space, as well as areas of simple shapes that require a long process of placing a path on a layer. Although the printing process takes place under stable temperature conditions, the printing speed and the cooling time of the layer have a significant impact on the quality of models with small sections. SOFTSHAPER allows a smooth control of the above parameters, depending on the size of the geometry.
SOFTSHAPER as always aims high and delivers to the highest standards of implemented solutions known from CAD / CAM systems. The software provides an Intuitive Interface that facilitates Work on Many Models and assigning customized technology to them. Noteworthy in terms of prototyping and production support is the ability to generate and save reports on work done in the program. Advanced printing simulation provides support to 3D printing designers and technologists. The colour and numerical representation of the printing process enables accurate planning of speed, cooling, settings for a specific material, and even a single layer. Work on Profiles and Projects provides the ability to create, save, transfer and re-use the program’s technological files. Dedicated Postprocessors ensure defining the individual features and functions of each machine, adapted to the technical requirements of particular the industry.