Technology around additive manufacturing is developing rapidly. To meet the increased demands of additive manufacturing, CoreTechnologie developed the 4D_Additive Manufacturing Software Suite.
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 precision and according to CAD engineering standard.
Most conventional 3D printing software converts CAD data to triangulated data, i.e. converted to STL in the reading process, which makes it impossible to handle or repair the geometry without deviating its original shape. 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, exact vector graphics can be generated. These exact curves can be processed directly as straight lines, circles and arcs. This software also supports 3MF, AMF and STL output formats.
The dynamic roughness analysis helps users determine the optimal alignment of the part within seconds to achieve the best 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 database 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 precise definition of the texture also on the transitions of the faces. More than 5,000 predefined textures are available for the system.
The Partfinder reads native and standard format CAD files directly at the file system level and analyzes the geometry, design elements, PMI and attributes. All information is stored in an internal database. Subsequently, parts are filtered with the help of a free definable search mask according to the desired search criteria and displayed with a 3D graphic as well as all relevant information in a list. By multiprocessor calculation, components with 3D printing potential can be found quickly and easily, even for very large amounts of data.