5 Axis Slicer
The first true multi-axis slicing software
Slicing of complex 3D Models
The 5 Axis Slicer requires two .STL models to generate a toolpath. The first model is the print itself, while the second model is the ‘base’ layer, e.g. for a normal 3d-printer this would simply be a flat bed. In our case the ‘base’ can be anything as long as it is a suitable printing surface and an .stl is available for it.
Examples of a ‘base’ layer:
- A 3d-scanned car body panel
- A 3d-scanned face
Generate advanced infill
The infill generation algorithm is focused on adding strength to the object. The infill is laid down alternating per layer, creating the same type of infill used in normal (2D) slicers.
The infill has the following options:
- The orientation of the infill
- The density of the infill
- The overlap of the infill with the perimeters.
- Speed of the infill
- Temperature of the infill
- Material of the infill
Create a g-code for your machine
The 5 Axis Slicer generates G-Code in the absolute coordinate system, where the direction of the nozzle is defined by a normal vector. Using our g-code postprocessor the g-code can be expressed in the g-code required by your machine (e.g. a rotating bed, or a Kuka robot arm)
Create beautifull top layers
The 5 Axis Slicers makes sure that the toolpaths of solid (e.g. top/bottom layers) are perfectly aligned. To make sure the top layers are printed as good as possible we have the following options:
- Keep the speed of the printhead constant, despite rotations of the extruder.
- Ironing. The extruder does additional passes along the top layer, while no material is extruded. This ‘irons’ out any visible print lines.
Calibration of the surface to print on
The 5 Axis Slicer is designed to print on top of an excisting surface. Determining the exact location of this surface is done in a same way used in multi-axis CNC routers.
A touchoff procedure is designed by the slicer. A G-code is made in which the printhead moves to uniformly distributed points on the surface. The offset at which the printhead is located is measured, and entered in the 5 Axis Slicer. The 5 Axis Slicer than automatically takes into account translations, rotations, and even a possible scaling when creating the toolpaths.
The 5 Axis Slicer is not a slicer you will use or need on a consumer desktop printer. We focus on industrial machines where our software really gives additional value to your machine.
Therefore we would love to work with you, to:
- Make sure the slicer works for your specific machine.
- Add features that you would like to see for your machine.
Want to use the 5 Axis Slicer on your machine?
We would love to give you a demo of our software. This could be either at your factory, in our office, or simply through a Skype call.
… or have other questions?
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