UK based manufacturing software experts MachineWorks Ltd, will be exhibiting at Formnext Hall 11.0 Booth B39, and introducing the latest features from their leading polygon-mesh modelling toolkit Polygonica v2.3.
Using MachineWorks’ unique Boolean engine optimised since 1994, Polygonica offers fast, accurate and robust software solutions to both hardware and software AM manufacturers looking to solve complex geometric problems.
What’s New in Polygonica 2.3 for Additive Manufacturing?
Gluing allows parts that don’t quite connect to be joined without gaps. This can overcome issues when unioning parts with surfaces that are intended to be coincident but aren’t quite, either due to issues with modelling or because of differences in how each surface is tessellated.
Driven by increasing customer demand for fast, memory efficient slicing for large area print-beds, Polygonica’s slicing has been completely overhauled during the 2.3 release cycle. With improved performance and drastically reduced memory footprint the new slicer is now in use in very high tolerance large-area 3D printers.
Developed as part of a continuing focus on variable offsetting, the new anisotropic offset capability allows applications to offset parts by different amounts along each axis, providing more accurate compensation for material distortion for different print scenarios.
A new function dedicated to generating the 3D volumes of regions where support structures are required has been added. This function is optimised to this particular use-case and delivers significant performance and quality improvements.
In order to facilitate faster download of models from the cloud to the client device Polygonica’s simplification algorithms have been enhanced to preserve boundaries between faces with different sets of attributes e.g. colour and texture.
“The Polygonica software toolkit has become the de-facto component technology for the 3D printing industry representing an integral part of Additive Manufacturing software workflows. We’re excited to showcase its newest features at Formnext,” comments Dr. Fenqiang Lin, Managing Director at MachineWorks Limited.