handling of very large solids and
support for colours
Sheffield - 6th February, 2014 - MachineWorks Ltd, leading provider of CNC Simulation and Polygonal Solid Modelling software, is pleased to announce the release of Polygonica, Version 1.1.
Large Solid Support
Polygonica has always been able to process large models very quickly but the latest version includes automatic simplification for out-of-core solids. This enables Polygonica's powerful algorithms, including Boolean operations, solid healing, offsetting, and slicing, to be performed on arbitrarily sized meshes.
The threshold for simplification is by default 6 million triangles, although this can be changed by the user, and MachineWorks has successfully processed STL files of over 40GB. The maximum size of the mesh is limited only by available disk space, and does not impact the performance or stability of the process.
Support for Colours
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The STL file format is the de-facto standard in Additive Manufacturing, but has well known limitations, particularly when it comes to colour. The new release of Polygonica has support for arbitrary data defined on the mesh which can be used to represent colour as well as other data. This means that colour and other data is preserved during complex healing operations, such as closing the model, removing self-intersections, non-manifold edges, and noise shells.
For 3D Printing, this means that Polygonica can process other file formats such as AMF, OBJ, 3DS and many more. As well as healing, meshes can be sliced at any resolution into both vector and image based slice formats.
Improved Healing & Boolean Algorithms
At the core of Polygonica are unique geometrical algorithms that have been in continuous development for 20 years. MachineWorks continues to develop and enhance these algorithms to meet the requirements of customers. The new release of Polygonica extends the reach of the automatic healing capabilities to even the most demanding of meshes, whilst improving the speed and robustness.
"The new release of Polygonica represents a leap forward in solid modelling" said Dr David Knight, Polygonica Sales Manager. "The ability to heal and slice colour meshes is important in the 3D Printing industry, where full colour printing is becoming more commonplace. Additionally, preserving arbitrary data on meshes, as well as handling very large models, is important for other industries such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Reverse Engineering".
About MachineWorks Ltd
MachineWorks Software sets the standard for CNC simulation and verification component software in the industry. More than 60% of CAM developers in the world have integrated MachineWorks technology into their applications and benefited from MachineWorks’ cutting-edge functionality for 20 years. MachineWorks’ toolkit has been integrated by software and hardware OEMs looking for a solution in simulation of material removal and clash and gouge detection of any type of CNC machining. MachineWorks’ core technology combines speed, accuracy and stability. It is ideally suited for anti-crash systems, complex machining and full machine simulation.
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The Polygonica Toolkit provides polygon modelling component software for industries such as CAD/CAM/CAE, CFD/FEA meshing, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, 3D movies and gaming, geo-exploring, urban modelling and other 3D digital applications.
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