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Additive Manufacturing of the Future: CoreTechnologie’s Software Suite

January 15, 2019
CoreTechnologie's 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software Suite
CoreTechnologie's 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software Suite

Technology around additive manufacturing is developing rapidly. To meet the increased demands of additive manufacturing, CoreTechnologie has developed the 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software Suite to prepare CAD models for all major 3D printing methods.

AI with CAD Engineering Standard
The unique feature of 4D_Additive is that CAD data of all current systems such as Catia, NX, Solidworks, Creo, STEP, or JT is read by precise native interfaces and processed as exact B-Rep geometry including all contained product manufacturing information (PMI). This makes it possible to analyze, repair, and prepare the 3D models with highest precision and according to CAD engineering standard. With conventional 3D printing software, CAD models are usually triangulated, i.e. converted to STL in the reading process, which makes it impossible to handle or repair the geometry without deviating its original shape. In comparison, 4D_Additive avoids such deviations because of its exact geometry kernel and the fact that CAD models remain in their original geometry description until the end of the process. In the final slicing step, depending on the machine type, also exact vector graphics can be generated. These exact curves can be processed directly as straight lines, circles, and arcs. As output formats the software also supports 3MF, AMF, and STL.

Innovative Features
The new software has a modern easy-to-use user interface and innovative features such as automatic 3D nesting, as well as a collision check and distance control for automated and safe placement of the parts in the build space. The dynamic roughness analysis enables the user to determine the optimal alignment of the part within seconds to achieve the best possible surface quality, shortest manufacturing time, or lowest costs. The tool also comprises an automatic support geometry generation needed e.g. for FDM or metal laser sintering. The know-how database of the system contains settings for all major machine types and related information about the additive manufacturing method so that important parameters are preset when the user selects a machine.

Also, the module for texture generation is easy to use and based on the exact geometry, which allows for the precise definition of the texture also on the transitions of the faces. More than 5000 predefined textures are available for the system.

CoreTechnologie GmbH, Moembris, Germany +49 (0) 6029 98 999 10 www.coretechnologie.com

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