3D Printing Software uses Artificial Intelligence for Nesting

3D Printing Software uses Artificial Intelligence for Nesting

The new version of 4D_Additive uses artificial intelligence algorithms for the first time to ensure an even arrangement of parts in the build space during nesting in terms of optimal heat distribution.

The new nesting function of the renowned 4D_Additive software uses artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time to automate intelligent behavior and machine learning. The new technology simulates certain human decision-making structures based on the programming and by this means the computer independently processes complex tasks in the area of so called nesting.

Optimized Component Nesting

With its new "pack and optimize" strategy, the nesting module of the latest 4D_Additive software version is able to ensure both maximum filling of the installation space and even distribution of the mass to be printed, thus ensuring the most constant possible slice surfaces. The advanced program uses AI technology and imitates the behavior of an experienced user by automatically filling empty areas in the packaging space after pre-positioning. This has the advantage that even build spaces that are not fully loaded are filled evenly and without so-called heat nests. The printing results are maximally optimized by the even distribution of the components.

Intelligent Additional Functions

In addition to intelligent nesting, further functions are available to optimize heat distribution within the components. An analysis to determine so-called massive zones shows problematic areas with large material volumes and displayed these zones graphically in a highly visible manner. These zones then can be hollowed out with a few mouse clicks using the hollow and lattice functions and, if necessary, reinforced with an internal support structure. To remove powder from the inside of the hollowed parts, holes and the appropriate lids can be created automatically.

For the preparation of 3D printing data, the 4D_Additive tool has CAD data interfaces for all B-Rep native and standard formats as well as the common 3D printing formats such as STL and 3mf.

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