“For more than 5 years, we have expanded the functionality of our software to capitalize on the latest advancements in additive manufacturing technology,” said Clayton Webster, CEO. “Version 4.1 will provide professional users with the control they need to tackle more complex projects, while also providing greater intelligence to streamline the preparation process and ensure high-quality results.”
Key features included in Simplify3D version 4.1 include:
Simplify3D has been updated to take full advantage of multi-extruder hardware, with support for up to 6 materials printing simultaneously. This provides greater freedom for applications such as color-mixing or customized material properties. The software automatically manages material changes using a disposable prime pillar or ooze shield. Both of these techniques have been updated in the latest release for increased stability and improved material separation.
Intelligent Toolpath Generation
As projects become more complex, users rely on intelligent software tools to streamline the print preparation process. Version 4.1 introduces new collision avoidance logic that will automatically detect potential collisions during the build and alter the print strategy accordingly. The release also includes a new bridging algorithm that can adjust the scanning direction for small gaps based on the model topology. The software can also alter solid layers within a print to create a stronger bond with the outer “shell” of the model, increasing the Z-axis strength of the printed parts.
New enhancements provide more options when printing multiple parts on a single build platform. The software offers an improved ability to define completely independent settings for neighboring parts, allowing detailed customization between models. The printing order can also be customized, specifying individual parts that should be completely printed one-at-a-time, or groups of parts that should be printed simultaneously on the same layer. Combined with the new multi-extrusion capabilities, this enables exciting new applications that provide users with greater control over the printing process.
Build File Generation
Simplify3D is known for its ability to process incredibly large or complex models with ease. Version 4.1 includes numerous changes that extend these capabilities, allowing the software to deal with larger and more complex builds than ever before. The new release also offers improved print time estimations by simulating the actual behavior of the printer control system for increased fidelity. The post-processing scripting engine within the software was also improved, allowing for rapid modifications to the build files prior to export.
Along with the added features, version 4.1 also includes support for over 50 new 3D printers, continuing the company’s mission to offer a universal software interface that currently powers hundreds of different 3D printer brands around the globe.
“Version 4.1 is a tremendous step forward for the software, offering improvements in almost every aspect of the product”, said Webster. “These tools will continue to offer professional users the options they need to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing”.
To learn more about the full release, please visit the Simplify3D website.
Simplify3D® develops premium 3D printing software, preferred by innovators, engineers and professional users worldwide. The powerful software application streamlines the 3D printing process, while providing robust customization tools that empower users to achieve high-quality results. The software supports hundreds of 3D printer brands and is available worldwide through an extensive list of industry partners.
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