July 22, 2019
The software specialist CoreTechnologie (CT) has developed the 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software Suite. A particular highlight of the new software is the texture module.
With the new texture module of 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software, developers and industrial designers are now accessing over 5,000 different surface structures. The combination of the software with B-Rep kernel and the high-resolution HP Jet-Fusion process allows the additive production of very fine, completely new surfaces, which can have use for individualized decorative trim in vehicles and plastic design products, according to the company.
For users, 4D_Additive makes it easy to define textures on the CAD model, simply choosing the desired B-Rep areas and a matching texture from the database. The fineness and position of the structure can be visually adjusted on the component. The software automatically ensures distortion-free projection of the grain over surface boundaries. The graphical representation allows the assessment of the designed geometry and fuels the creative process in the design of new parts.
The tool reads CAD data from all common systems such as Catia, NX, SolidWorks, Creo, Inventor, STEP or JT with manufacturing information (PMI) and processes them as exact B-Rep geometry. The B-Rep geometry core of the software makes it possible to test, repair and prepare the original surfaces and solids of the exact 3D CAD Engineering Standard models.
In addition to the texture module, the 4D_Additive Software Suite features healing and clean-up capabilities, automated part alignment, intelligent nesting capabilities with multi-processor calculation, an analysis tool for optimal part design, part optimization and shell geometry and a partfinder as a search engine for 3D printing parts for the fully automatic classification of components on the basis of geometric properties of the CAD models.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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