The developer of engineering software CoreTechnologie invites members of the 3D printing community to take part in an online insight into the functions of its 4D_Additive print preparation program.
Unlike more basic STL-based preprocessing tools, CoreTechnology software allows users to switch between precise B-Rep and triangulated 3D models for advanced design and repair capabilities. To demonstrate the benefits of the program in additive manufacturing, the company announced a digital event on April 22, 2021 and invited interested parties to register online and reserve their space.
CoreTechnologie’s software is based on a B-Rep file base that allows users to bypass the use of tessellated models. Image via CoreTechnology.
The advantages of B-Rep
CoreTechnologie is headquartered in Germany and has built a strong portfolio of data conversion programs, each designed to accelerate various aspects of the part design process. The most important of these is 4D_Additive, a software platform based on a B-Rep file foundation (or Boundary Representation) that modifies and repairs CAD models before exporting them to 3D printers.
The program itself has a CAD kernel that allows geometry and product manufacturing information (PMI) to be imported from all major CAD packages without the need for an application programming interface (API). This allows users with the software to bypass the use of obsolete mosaic models and process the original data with high precision.
B-Rep also provides a strong foundation for the direct modeling functionality of 4D_Additive, which allows users to quickly adjust part geometries such as hole diameters and offset surfaces based on exact values. As soon as the models are ready for printing, they can be exported in the popular 3MF, AMF, OBJ or STL formats, giving engineers freedom of design without time-consuming conversion steps.
CoreTechnologie’s software has a hollowing feature that allows users to optimize the thermal performance of 3D printed parts. Image via CoreTechnology.
A feature-rich design program
Further advantages of the software are scaling, real-time repair functions and collision detection as well as support / grid generation and slicing output formats. At the end of the design process, 4D_Additive can also organize the placement of parts within a build area to optimize print quality. This gives users time / cost feedback while adding value to their production workflow.
In the months since 4D_Additive was first launched, CoreTechnologie has regularly improved the software to provide users with updated features and functions. For example, the company added the ISO-recognized STEP format to its software, which allows users to convert optimized models into a much more accurate file type.
In addition, the company introduced a more robust lattice tool. An extensive texturing module with over 5,000 textures and a new AI-controlled nesting function further support the range of programs for design customers. With the help of an advanced AI algorithm, the software can now automatically fill empty areas after prepositioning, creating evenly filled installation spaces and avoiding heat pockets.
To demonstrate what can be achieved with the 4D_Additive software, CoreTechnologie has organized an interactive event for April 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Attendees can expect to be guided through a live product demonstration followed by a Q&A session with business experts.
Interested parties can register now.
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The image shown shows a part designed with the 4D_Additive Multi Criteria Positioning tool. Image via CoreTechnology.