Polish 3D printer manufacturer Verashape, which introduced both its VSHAPER 3D printer and the VSHAPER GO last year, announced a little over a week ago that it would be offering 3D model preparation and import assistance by licensing Parasolid Communicator Software, which is the foundation of Siemens PLM Software’s NX and Solid Edge products. Following closely on the heels of its latest, Verashape has now announced that very soon, the beta testing of the newest version of this Parasolid-based application will begin. Registration for the SOFTSHAPER software 2018 testing is now available.
Verashape, with the Siemens PLM Software licensing, will be one of the first 3D printer producers to create Parasolid Communicator-based software, which will support both the proper preparation and import of 3D models for printing.
“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,” said Tomasz Szymański, Founder and CEO of Verashape. “Therefore, we invite the users of all types of 3D Printers to become Beta-Testers of the newest version of the application.”
The software creators say they are looking forward to being contacted by potential beta testers, including filament producers who want to share their device parameters in the application’s material database, and other producers of 3D printers interesting in using SOFTSHAPER with their devices.
SOFTSHAPER is able to generate G-code for 3D printers, and also has functions that let users modify features of their project, such as speed, head, and contour type, in order to attain the optimal printing parameters. The software supports a wide variety of 3D printing materials, and uses intuitive CAD/CAM software to prepare the models for 3D printing. SOFTSHAPER also supports all types of 3D printers – you have the ability to use the same software over different 3D printer models if you want.
Seweryn Nitek, a Software Engineer with Verashape, said, “The brand of the device used by our Beta-Testers is completely irrelevant. Our aim is to make our solution compatible with any 3D Printer.”
Verashape’s new SOFTSHAPER software comes with many helpful functions, including an adaptive algorithm for cutting and generating paths. The user won’t have to cut the model more than once due to parameter modification, because the software automatically detects features, objects, and parameters that need to be updated, and performs a selective sequence update. It also has a variety of infill types such as square, honeycomb, fractal, and line, and also comes with several different supports and free model contour parameterization.
SOFTSHAPER lets the user weaken, or strengthen, their structures, by modifying the layer structure of models, and inspect how the changes impact the overall strength of the model. You can also save the position settings of your models in a “set,” so if you need to switch to a different computer, you won’t need to re-import and position them again – it’s already saved. The generic algorithm of SOFTSHAPER allows for easy, reliable 3D printing operations.
If you are interested in becoming a SOFTSHAPER 2018 beta test candidate, you can contact the software producer through SOFTSHAPER’s website by clicking the “Become a Beta-Tester” box at the top. Discuss in the SOFTSHAPER forum at 3DPB.com.
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