CoreTechnologie GmbH (CT) presents the latest version of its 4D_Additive software. This version includes an innovative batch nesting tool.
With the help of the new function, the CAD models stored in the system-specific database are ordered as in a webshop and automatically sent to the printer. The arrangement and orientation of the components, the so-called nesting, automatically takes place and does not require any 3D printing expertise of the user. As a result, manual operation is significantly simplified and accelerated. The system is integrated into the so-called Partfinder, which makes it possible to locate and sort suitable parts for specific processes and machine has been extended with the advanced nesting tool of 4D_Additive running in batch mode.
The intelligent nesting functions with multiprocessor calculation ensure a reliable and fast automatic filling as well as the optimal use of the construction volume and one hundred percent collision safety. For the fully automatic orientation of the parts on the build platform, functions are available which take into account criteria such as best possible surface finish, minimum cost and space requirements as well as minimal volume of the supporting geometry. Thereafter, the iterative calculation of the alignment takes place within seconds by just selecting parts from the pre-defined database and specifying the desired quantity.
Automated batch nesting benefits powder bed processes such as HP Jet Fusion, since the time saved by eliminating complex manual activities, has positive effects on the price per piece as well as the overall throughput time of the jobs. Users select and set the respective quantity of the parts in a web interface. Thereafter, the machine is filled automatically, so that an optimized number of components can be accommodated on the platforms. The relative density of a building volume can also be pre-defined allowing for sensible heat management and in order to simultaneously optimize component quality and costs.
Another special feature of the 4D_Additive Software Suite is the processing of exact B-Rep CAD data of all common systems such as Catia, NX, Solidworks, Creo, Inventor, STEP or JT. The robust B-Rep geometry kernel of the software makes it possible to test, repair and prepare the exact 3D models according to CAD Engineering Standard.