In material dispense, Direct Ink Writing (DIW) fabrication methods are playing an important role in the advancement of 3D printing at major research institutions, like the Colorado School of Mines. At these leading institutions, materials research and methods come with system level requirements that must consider an array of materials properties like rheological behavior, composition, feature size, and placement accuracy (especially critical for layer-by-layer fabrication with µm scale resolution) across the same coordinate system.
To address applications in DIW, PI provides a powerful and intuitive 3D Printing Software that allows direct import of industry standard STL files with flexible parameter settings and batch processing for multiple print jobs (far superior to alternative systems that are constrained to DXF file format and limitations for 3D Print). This software also allows integration of laser based processes with fixed or scanning optics, machine vision, and ability to integrate and communicate with other peripherals. The software conversion from model employs the most powerful trajectory algorithm and performance commercially available using ACS XSEG and material dispense is coordinated directly according to user-settings direct from motion controller through hardware layer to dispenser.