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MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING AND CONTROL SOFTWARE

Choosing the right software is key to successful part production. All machines have their own individual strengths but third-party, dedicated suites – or tools like GrabCAD Print, which are designed by the machine manufacturers themselves – give you greater confidence and more flexibility when managing and monitoring jobs.

Software

Your essential printing companion

CAD is just the start of the 3D printing workflow. Modelling applications may be the birthplace of any part, but you always need software to process your part ready for 3D printing. Slicing, support generation, material toolpaths and scheduling tools, which bring your work to life. Choosing the best software for every step is essential if it’s going to work well together and help you achieve your goals.

Conversion and slicing utilities, alongside remote management suites, can make an enormous difference to the overall cost of a job. Whether swapping solids for mesh, setting appropriate layer heights or identifying where you need support material, they are not just handy assistants: they are vital to the efficient and timely production of any part, regardless of size or the printer you’re using.

Choosing the right software

  • Choosing the right CAD tool means factoring in not only the up-front price, but the cost of on-going support, updates and training.
  • Carefully-chosen management tools, which give greater control over slicing, support and finishing, will pay for themselves over time, saving not only material, but billable staff hours, too.
  • Establishing an integrated environment, in which every element from design through to printer management works efficiently, is the only way to guarantee that your money is well spent.
  • Reducing the number of steps – and different applications – involved in the production process reduces the potential for errors to enter the workflow, and shortens the process overall.

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Richard Hoy, Laser Lines

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