Verashape, the producer of VSHAPER 3D printers, supported by The National Centre for Research and Development, has been conducting intensive research into innovative additive manufacturing. As part of this project, the R&D department of Verashape is working on software supporting the process of 3D printing in Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology. Verashape has licensed Siemens PLM Software Parasolid Communicator software to assist in the import and
preparation of models for 3D printing.
There are more than four million active, complex modeling seats using Parasolid® software, which provides geometric modeling functionality and interoperability to about 130 independent software vendors in many fields and industries such as computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), as well as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). As a result, the Parasolid XT data format has become one of the most widely available formats for representing accurate 3D product data.
“Demand for 3D printers is growing and given the widespread availability of Parasolid models, it’s exciting to see Verashape develop 3D printing software that leverages the Parasolid data format,” says John Whetstone, Director, CTO Product Management and Marketing, Siemens PLM Software.
Verashape is among the first producers of 3D Printers to create software based on Parasolid Communicator to support the import and proper preparation of models for printing. The software is being designed to support a wide range of 3D printers.
“When conducting programming work we strive to make the software we create a universal solution aiding the print preparation process regardless of the type of 3D Printer used for printing” – says Tomasz Szymański, the founder and CEO from Verashape.
The interface of the new application allows the user to regulate the print cooling, stop the printing process at any height, as well as make decisions concerning printing support structures for models which do not have the support of adjoining paths. The user can decide exactly at which point to generate paths, enhancing the application’s efficiency significantly.
“3D Printing enthusiasts will definitely be interested in the option of printing with only one extruder when working with a dual extruder printer, as well as the ability to configure temperature settings, printing speed, layer height or wall thickness” – adds Ryszard Leniowski, R&D Software Manager, Verashape.
At the beginning of 2017, Verashape will begin conducting beta tests of the software, engaging industrial companies using VSHAPER Printers in their everyday work.
Note: Parasolid is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.