LEUVEN, Belgium, May 19, 2015 – Belgian additive manufacturing software and services pioneer Materialise announces the launch of 3-maticSTL 10.0. 3-maticSTL is an innovative, flexible software tool that allows for design modification and simplification, 3D texturing, remeshing, forward engineering, complex structures design, and much more.
The new release of design software 3-maticSTL 10.0 offers extended texture and patterning possibilities, such as new positioning options, as well as advanced control over the thickness and porosity of lightweight structures. In addition, this release encompasses point-based and contour scan strategies for structures that can be passed to the Build Processor, a communication system that integrates AM software directly with 3D printers. These solutions are part of the Materialise platform that guides the user through the entire AM process, from idea to finalized part.
Users can also perform more sophisticated analyses thanks to an improved link to FEA. With these advancements, engineers can more easily explore new modeling possibilities without the restrictions of conventional design and manufacturing.
In other words, the new key features and improvements allow the user to:
- Design structures with a gradient thickness, that is linear or image-based
- Calculate the structure’s porosity and define a good set of parameters
- Validate the structures by creating a compatible FEA structure model and export to FEA
- Improve the mesh quality by a single click
- Design a random pattern based on the mesh, or try out the new spiral pattern
- Control the texturing and patterning alignment with the new easy align tools
- Export buildable STL files or complex designs in other file formats, for point or contour scanning in AM machines
With the development of 3-maticSTL 10.0, our core components have also been enhanced, meaning that custom design automation has been extended with new capabilities.
With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise is a provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products. Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of AM since 1990, through its involvement in AM for industrial and medical applications, by providing biomedical and clinical solutions such as medical image processing and surgical simulations and by developing unique solutions for its customers’ prototyping, production, and medical needs.
For additional information, please visit http://www.materialise.com/.