Updated Build File Preparation Software

Renishaw has issued a 2017 update of QuantAM, the company's build file preparation software dedicated to its metal additive manufacturing systems.

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Renishaw has issued a 2017 update of QuantAM, the company's build file preparation software dedicated to its metal additive manufacturing systems. The software is designed specifically for Renishaw metal AM systems, allowing tighter integration into the machine control software and the ability to accurately and rapidly review all build files for Renishaw AM systems, including those from third-party packages, the company says.

QuantAM enables the user to import CAD data and create a machine-ready build file in four steps: orientation, support, layout and review. Users can position the parts to be built then add, import and edit the required support anchors. Multiple components, each with their own material properties, can be efficiently configured on the build plate and reviewed, in slice by slice detail, prior to sending the build file to the Renishaw metal AM system. Open parameter editing tools enable optimizing machine settings to suit the material and geometries being processed.

The 2017 update includes a number of new features including editable angled, tree and cluster supports that can be applied to specific areas of the model for optimum support. A navigational interface tool called Navicube enables the user to rotate parts and select views. Part clusters, also called stacked parts, can be created to make the best use of the build volume. An added feature enables users to modify parameters and add, subtract or translate parts down to the laser toolpath level.

The software is available to all users of Renishaw metal AM systems via a monthly subscription.

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