Partnership expands surface texture options for 3D printing

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Substance and CoreTechnologie are collaborating to enable new surface design options with 3D printing. The solution draws upon CoreTechologie’s 4D_Additive additive manufacturing software and Substance’s expertise in 3D printing with textured surfaces.

With CoreTechnologie’s software, designers can now choose from more than 5,000 surfaces from Substance and project components onto 3D printing very quickly. The companies say the merger of VR and 3D printing technology creates new possibilities in the design of components.

The firms note that with 3D printing, it is important that the CAD models sent to the printer are checked for quality and, if necessary, closed, as only flawless solids are suitable for printing. The preparation of CAD models for 3D printing requires high accuracy in terms of topology, especially with textures, which have continuous surface transitions and must be watertight to avoid errors in the printed result. The 4D_Additive software provides quick quality analysis as well as automatic and manual repair of the exact CAD models. These are read in formats including Catia, SolidWorks, Creo, NX, STEP and JT.

With the integration of Substance Engine SDK functions in 4D_Additive, users can now play with more than 5,000 predefined textures from Substance. Users can create different variations of the object, experiment with variable high-end renderings, visualise them in real time and display the effects on the object.

Photo: CoreTechnologie

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