Fraunhofer IGD Optimizes Cuttlefish 3D Printing Driver for Stratasys Polyjet Functions

Fraunhofer IGD, the main worldwide analysis institute in Utilized Visible Computing, has optimized its Cuttlefish® 3D printer driver for Stratasys PolyJet™ 3D printing, and is working collaboratively with Stratasys on future software program enhancements.

Full-color, multi-material PolyJet 3D printing brings unbelievable realism to product designers and different inventive professionals, with as much as eight supplies printed in a single work step. Fraunhofer’s Cuttlefish software program bundle first started supporting PolyJet programs in 2017 by way of the GrabCAD™ Voxel Print™ interface. Fraunhofer IGD has now improved present and added new algorithms, which permits firms to avoid wasting prices whereas producing prints with higher geometric and colour accuracy.

Philipp City, Head of 3D Printing Applied sciences on the Fraunhofer Institute for Laptop Graphics Analysis IGD, explains the position performed by Cuttlefish®: “When it is a problem of optimization for mass manufacturing, particular colour requests or levels of translucency, nesting or particular person colour calibration, that is the place we are available.”

Since 2014, City’s crew has been growing software program that makes it doable to work with a number of print supplies on the identical time to precisely reproduce the geometry and colours (together with translucencies and high-quality shading transitions) of the unique and to simulate the printout on the display screen prematurely. Cuttlefish® has already performed its half in producing tons of of 1000’s of high-quality PolyJet 3D prints for purchasers in a spread of industries.

“Our collaborative partnership has been designed for the long run, with the intention of enabling Stratasys clients to completely exploit the technical potential of their printers,” City mentioned.

Excellent foundation for 3D printing analysis

Universities and analysis institutes that use PolyJet printers as a part of their 3D printing analysis can use the plug-in performance of Cuttlefish® that enables them to conveniently combine their very own strategies and software program elements into the Cuttlefish® workflow. It signifies that researchers shouldn’t have to program every thing themselves however can construct on the experience already out there at Fraunhofer IGD. This makes Cuttlefish® an optimum foundation for additional analysis within the area of 3D printing.

Cinema-ready stage of efficiency from Stratasys and Cuttlefish®

Animation studio and Stratasys buyer LAIKA has already acknowledged the benefit of each applied sciences. For the stop-motion film Lacking Hyperlink, greater than 106,000 facial expressions had been 3D printed with Cuttlefish®. The most important problem was that the creation of lifelike fashions required many alternative colour gradations – every shade needed to match precisely that of the previous picture. Brian McLean, Director of Fast Prototype at LAIKA: “We have been utilizing 3D printers in stop-motion productions since Coraline, the primary film made at LAIKA. For our newest film, Lacking Hyperlink, we used Fraunhofer IGD applied sciences as a result of they permit for distinctive colour consistency and geometric accuracy. By combining the Cuttlefish® software program with the Stratasys J750 collection 3D printers, we had been in a position to create probably the most advanced colour 3D printed surfaces ever produced.” The end result was certainly spectacular and has been rewarded accordingly: in 2020, Lacking Hyperlink received a Golden Globe® within the Finest Animated Characteristic class.

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About Fraunhofer IGD: Based in 1987, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laptop Graphics Analysis IGD is the world’s main institute for utilized analysis in visible computing laptop science primarily based on photos and 3D fashions. We flip data into photos and pictures into data. Key phrases are human-machine interplay, digital and augmented actuality, synthetic intelligence, interactive simulation, modeling, 3D printing and 3D scanning. Round 180 researchers at three areas in Darmstadt, Rostock and Kiel in Germany develop new expertise options and prototypes for trade 4.0, digital healthcare and the good metropolis. In cooperation with its sister institutes in Graz, Austria, and in Singapore, additionally they tackle worldwide relevance. With an annual analysis quantity of €21 million, we use utilized analysis to assist in the strategic growth of trade and the financial system.

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