Helsinki, Finland-based DeskArtes has been providing design and data preparation software to a range of industries for close to 25 years, and their additive manufacturing solutions, in particular, have continued to expand into a comprehensive suite geared toward everyone from hobbyists to advanced professionals. The 64-bit Expert Series offers data and file preparation tools for 3D printing and simulation applications, and the company recently released the latest upgrade to the software, including their flagship product 3Data Expert.
3Data Expert, designed specifically for manufacturing engineers, is a straightforward solution for the preparation of 3D models, both surface and faceted. It’s a thorough system, with tools for STL file verification, repair and offsetting along with surface triangulation, splitting, connecting, smoothing, decimation, Boolean, model texturing, and painting. The newly released Version 10.3 includes a few critical updates.
Among the new features is a “Solidify” command, a shrink-wrapping tool suitable for the final preparation of color models. It lends itself well to even the most complex architectural models and complements existing features like automated and manual error repair and editing. There’s also a new 3D nesting tool, plus the biggest – and possibly most welcome – change, a newly developed automated support structure generator.
Currently in beta, the support structure generator was developed as part of the ToMax (Toolless Manufacturing of Complex Structures) project, a European Union initiative aimed at the further development and improvement of additive manufacturing methods, in particular for ceramics. The support generation tool has undergone successful testing by several professional partners of DeskArtes, and is now being offered as part of a free beta program for all customers who purchase 3Data Expert before July 2017. All beta program members will benefit from free upgrades and email support, plus a chance at receiving the full version for free when it is released. A 50% discount on the final version will be available for all members.
“DeskArtes 3Data Expert 10.3 adds tools for end user part manufacturing with user friendly pricing,” said Ismo Mäkelä, CEO of DeskArtes. “New Solidify command allows to prepare most difficult architectural 3D models for 3D Printing and 3D Nesting and Support Structure generator will allow efficient end user part manufacturing with metal, DLP and stereolithography processes.”
The modular Expert Series 10.3 also includes:
- 3Data Expert Lite, a more basic version of 3Data Expert that includes the most commonly needed tools for file processing, including model splitting, connecting and text tagging
- Dimensions Expert, similar to Expert Lite, is a simple and user-friendly tool that enables STL file repair and splitting for printers with smaller build areas
- View Expert, a free, entry-level program for the checking and repairing of CAD/CAM files. Optional paid versions include more advanced tools for color printing
- Sim Expert, created for the design of simulation software products, includes triangle count reduction and triangle aspect ration improvement tools. New 10.3 features include improved standard and native CAD input and triangulation functions.