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Quantica to equip NovoJet OPEN with AI-based MultiSlice software

The software, developed in collaboration with Additive Appearance, addresses the challenge of seamlessly combining multiple materials

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Berlin-based Quantica, the creator of the transformative NovoJet OPEN system, has collaborated with Additive Appearance, a Charles University spin-off company, to offer the MultiSlice software solution that addresses the challenge of seamlessly combining multiple materials, a critical aspect when designing for any application with specific requirements on properties. Offering a reliable simulation of 3D models for printing, the software provides a straightforward pathway to accurately manufacture multi-material end products with the NovoJet OPEN.

The build management and slicing software named MultiSlice, combined with the NovoJet OPEN printing system, allows users to produce objects that go beyond mere shape replication – including replicating both appearance and function. Harnessing the potential of simulations and drawing on the distinctive expertise of Computer Graphics researchers at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University, the software utilizes advanced algorithms to predict the appearance of a 3D model with a high level of accuracy.

Quantica to equip NovoJet OPEN with AI-based MultiSlice software developed in collaboration with Additive Appearance.

MultiSlice will be introduced with the first NovoJet OPEN systems released in Q1 2024. The two teams plan to develop the technology in multiple iterations towards different levels of sophistication with regards to the control of physical properties on a voxel level. These will include mechanical properties, like flexibility and conductivity, and appearance properties, like color, and the ability to transition between them.

“Both our companies, embodying the agility of startups, are uniting to redefine the potential of 3D material jetting. In a landscape where functional, multi-material 3D printing lacks adequate software, we are excited to collaborate with a team that is leveraging modern approaches to developing complex software. Our collaborative goal is to leverage these advancements, making functional, multi-material 3D printing more accessible, efficient, and adaptable,” said Grace Chang, Head of Product Management at Quantica, who brings years of experience from additive manufacturing giants HP and Stratasys.

Quantica to equip NovoJet OPEN with AI-based MultiSlice software developed in collaboration with Additive Appearance.

Leveraging the potential of artificial intelligence, and the technology it is based upon – differentiable programming – the team at Additive Appearance has created novel approaches to enduring problems in the printing industry such as halftoning and print preview. Following years of academic research, they have published multiple scientific papers in top-tier journals. One publication is presenting an approximative but faster print preview using a neural network. In concurrent work, a halftoning method based on differentiable programming is described.

“With the trend in 3D printing going to more and more printheads, existing software is starting to limit the hardware’s potential. The problem of which material to put in which voxel is getting increasingly difficult. This is why a radically new approach based on cutting-edge research and modern software technologies, such as differentiable computation and machine learning, is required to drive the printers of the future. We both share this realization and are looking to create a synergy of software and hardware that unlocks many new possibilities in the material-jetting domain,” said Tobias Rittig, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer at Additive Appearance.

Quantica to equip NovoJet OPEN with AI-based MultiSlice software developed in collaboration with Additive Appearance.

This latest news comes after Quantica’s premiere of the NovoJet OPEN system and the start of a Beta Program for the system at Formnext 2023 with select partners such as Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and REHAU Industries SE & Co KG, as part of the REHAU Group, a global leader in polymer solutions. For Quantica, this past year showed growth and expansion: In early 2023, Quantica successfully secured €14 million in series A funding and forged a strategic printhead partnership with industry leader Xaar.

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