1. Layers grouping
Layers grouping in SOFTSHAPER allows the user to define model areas by selecting layers that can be modified. Groups created by the user can be modified and their scope can be changed. The user can automatically detect and determine areas based on predefined parameters for each model individually as well as for selected group of models. This approach accelerates the process of creating model technology through automatic or manual area definition and assigning the right properties by changing 3D Printing technology.
2. Printing few models with different parameters in one process
SOFTSHAPER, by combining the process tree mechanisms and parametrization of the support and contour infill, allows the user to freely control the structure of the model. Most 3D modeling applications modify the parameters for the entire model only, SOFTSHAPER introduces an innovative solution for individual modifications of each layer. This way, the user does not need to define a dense infill for the entire model or increase the wall thickness to obtain adequate resistance. With SOFTSHAPER it is possible to modify model features only where necessary in terms of layers, saving time and material, while enhancing the strength of 3D Prints that have specific technological features.
3. Working with profiles/projects
SOFTSHAPER allows the user to save and export predefined technological parameters so that configuration parameters of a given printout can be saved and used with other models. This creates knowledge base that can be shared with other users and improve the performance of the entire team. What is more, the printer setup wizard available in the application allows G-Codes to be generated on all commercially available 3D Printers operating in FFF technology.
4. Working with technology tree
In CAD / CAM / CAE programs, the so-called process tree that visualizes work done on a model is standard. It is a simple and convenient tool that improves the way in which the program is operated. SOFTSHAPER process tree allows quick preview of process parameters, with great emphasis on: current profile, 3D Printer, technology, loaded models and layers parameters. The user is given a tool in the form of a process tree which makes performing technology analysis as well as layer verification and modification easy and intuitive.
5. Postprocessors designed for every 3D Printer
SOFTSHAPER allows the user to specify the parameters of a 3D Printer, extruders installed, or the supported 3D Printing G-Code. What is more, by using proven programming language, SOFTSHAPER supports the 3D Printing process for any 3D Printer available on the market.
6. Advanced simulation and 3D Print analysis
Preview mode in SOFTSHAPER allows the user to view the paths considering various modes of data display. The software enables the user to differentiate the paths according to the type of motion, the selected head, or the cooling process. It is also possible to verify the speed of the head in relation to the path shape, as well as visualization of extrusion at every stage of 3D Printing process. SOFTSHAPER is distinguished by the ability to visualize material extrusion, taking into account the head and 3D Printing parameters used.
7. Assemblies Import and Working on Assemblies
SOFTSHAPER allows you to directly load formats like .stl, .obj, .fbx, .dae, .blend, .ply, .3ds, .ase, .ifc, .bvh, .smd, .vta, .nff, .off, .raw, .x3d, .amf, .3mf. The software also allows loading files saved as file like for instance .obj. Support for assemblies in SOFTSHAPER allows the user to treat an assembly as a whole or to separate individual components into parts. This allows the user to perform operations on all or part of the assembly, such as assigning 3D Printing technology to a particular part or the entire assembly.
8. Innovative modeling and merging
SOFTSHAPER allows the user to freely place models on the table, use one model as another model’s support, combining two .stl files into one, or printing a model inside another model. This makes it possible, among others, to set models one above the other or deliberately place them above the table. Furthermore, SOFTSHAPER allows automatic model placement or the use of implemented Boolean operations that allow merging and splitting models.
9. 2D Nesting
2D Nesting is an automatic mechanism that allows optimal models location on the workspace, according to parameters defined by the user. 2D Nesting in SOFTSHAPER allows the user to choose models to locate on the workspace, define XY offset between models and include model rotation, retreating “compose” operations, enabling/disabling automatic composition when importing a model.
10. Advanced head programming
SOFTSHAPER supports multi-head 3D Printing where a variety of materials in the manufacturing process is used . This makes it possible, among others, to select the right head to print the borders and another to print the infill or support. This approach allows the creation of composite models where features on the surface vary from those in the model core. A wide range of applied infills and supports allows the user to freely and creatively define the structure of the model.