The software workflow starts by loading an STL-file into the CAM-software. The CAM automatically analyzes the STL-file and the geometric structure. The user selects a material from the Genera material library and sets the printing resolution in X-Y direction (pixel size). All Genera printers feature multiple pixel sizes within one printer. The part is automatically oriented based on parameters such as printing speed and support optimization. Once oriented, the support structures are generated by the CAM program. In the final step, the slice thickness is set and additional analyzing tools confirm the printability of the part.
In the first step the 3D data gets prepared by the CAM-software. All parameters for printing and post processing are defined within the CAM-software and a Job File is generated that includes all metadata such as slice data, material information, printing parameters, print time, and additional customizable information. After the job file is sent to the printer, the printing process starts automatically. When the print job is finished, the metadata from the print job is stored on the shuttle via RFID. This includes all information’s necessary for post processing carried out by the finishing unit. After the shuttle is inserted into the finishing unit and the post processing is complete, a final Print Report with all relevant job data and sensor measurements becomes available.
Genera devices together form an entirely new process workflow. The high precision DLP 3D-Printer stores the printed part automatically inside a shuttle containing all metadata of the print job on an RFID tag. The shuttle must then be inserted into the finishing unit by the user. Each post processing step is than carried out by the finishing unit according to the metadata of the print job. At the end of the unique Genera process workflow, the user gets a ready-to-use part. No matter if you print one part or thousands, the Genera Process Workflow ensures reproducible part quality.