Wematter’s office-friendly Gravity SLS printer just got a new software upgrade, with Deep Space 2.0. This increases productivity in a variety of ways for designers, hospitals, orthopedics and production technicians who want to take their CAD-models to the prototype stage or final production.
Wematter has been recruiting the foremost talents in areas such as 3D programming, web development and algorithm development. The team strengthened itself with the skills of people who have previously worked at Microsoft, aerospace and defense company Saab as well as Veoneer, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology.
The startup-company has strived to attract pioneers who want to work at the forefront in their field and contribute to creating reliable technology that drives development forward. “We are now part of the paradigm shift towards the Internet of Things and our latest update in the cloud enables a continuous stream of upgrades that increase customer value in our service without the user having to do anything”, said Robert Kniola, Founder and President of Wematter. “That’s why with pride they can now present Deep Space with a new look and functionality, ready to be released to all on-site customers in mid-June.”
The focus in the new program has been on user-friendliness. For instance in the form of graphical components that show ongoing status in the system. But also on technical functionality that will help engineers to manipulate CAD-models and create as optimal conditions for their 3D-printing as possible.
“Hardware is no longer static but is dynamically adapted to constantly improve. We believe so strongly in this area that half of our workforce today consists of software developers, which makes Wematter unique”, continued Robert Kniola.
Part of the work behind the new platform is also based on creating a technical foundation with a modular structure for the program code. Because of this, it will be faster to further develop the system to refine existing features. Furthermore, adding additional functionality can be done in a scalable way as customer needs change.
A customer starts with one Gravity, and then grows into a larger fleet of machines in multiple locations. However, they can control all their 3D printers from the same interface with a single login.
“In addition to the visible improvements, we have been working a lot under the hood. The new release is the first on a completely new cloud platform that will enable unique functionality going forward. We are really excited by the potential of the new platform”, explained Olof Kraigher, Head of Software Matters.
Some of the new features in the new Deep Space include the ability to go back or redo multiple actions if something went wrong; upload multiple files simultaneously while performing other actions; the ability to clear the 3D-scene in order to quickly start over; the option to show or hide certain elements to get a cleaner workspace, as well as extended functions in the 3D-scene rotation tool (models can be moved and rotated around its axis, planes or freely in space)
More improvements focus on 3D-scene graphics (walls fade in or out depending on the angle to make it easier to see all models), a new menu for 3D-objects (clearer hierarchy for duplicate models), a Notification Center that provides notifications of important events (the history of notices is also saved for later viewing or troubleshooting) Built as Single Page Application). This prevents the application from requiring new page loads as the user navigates between different sections. The menu also makes it easy to switch between the users’ different 3D-printers. Finally a new status bar now always shows the current 3D-printer state with color-coding