German 3D printing software supplier netfabb has released a new Support Structures add-on to the netfabb 6 suite of software for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.
The new add-on empowers netfabb users to easily add support lattices and structures to parts in additive manufacturing on an industrial scale. This is achieved by creating bar support structures and adjusting the anchor points between the part and the platform.
The netfabb support structures add-on comes in two variants: netfabb DLP Support Structures add-on is designed specifically for manufacture on DLP machines, and netfabb Enhanced Support Structures for manufacture on machines using SLM, SLS and FDM.
Three general types of support structures can be chosen as required by the part's geometry: bar support, polyline support, and full volume support. Different types of support structures can be combined on the same model, to different part areas and to different angles and even curved and ramified bars can be created. Polyline support allows not only a simple thin or thick wall support but a structured wall in a few clicks and volume support extends the polyline support by an additional dimension, offering 37 different settings in total.
Currently, manufacturing is subject to a fundamental paradigm change. Many companies consider introducing additive manufacturing for their business. “netfabb Professional 6 has the potential to lift additive manufacturing to an unprecedented level of volume manufacturing,” explained Ulf Lindhe, Director of Business Development at netfabb. “Risk reduction, easy maintenance, process reliability, and a whole lot of time savings are the keywords to describe the benefits of using netfabb software.”
Recently, the 3D printing software specialist announced the foundation of the 3MF Consortium together with Microsoft, HP, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, Shapeways, and SLM Solutions, to launch the new open and royalty-free 3MF format that is set to be the dominant additive manufacturing format for the future.
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