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Visionware3D releases Z-Engine 3D printer development software

A customizable and modular 3D printing engine control software designed to dramatically reduce the time and resources needed to develop 3D printers

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Visionware3D, a Sydney-based 3D printing software developer, has released the Z-Engine – a powerful and versatile software platform that streamlines and accelerates the creation of 3D printers. The Z-Engine is a customizable and modular 3D printing engine control software designed to dramatically reduce the time and resources needed to develop 3D printers. This comprehensive solution offers ‘out-of-the-box’ support for the 3D printing workflow – compatible with a wide range of printers, from low-cost personal models to high-end industrial machines.

The Z-Engine is suited to companies developing new 3D printers as well as to established companies wishing to move away from legacy code, or that are interested in adding specific features and utilizing the Z-Engine advanced functionality.

Traditionally, developing a 3D printer has been a complex and expensive undertaking. Companies face complex technical challenges – needing to build and integrate software and hardware elements like motion control, slicing, and user interfaces. The Visionware3D’s Z-Engine eliminates these barriers by providing a pre-built framework with a modular design that runs on both Windows and various Linux-based embedded systems and offers APIs compatible with C/C++ and other languages. It is also compatible with a wide range of 3D printing technologies, including FDM, SLA, SLS, Inkjet, DLP, and MSLA.

Z-Engine simplifies the development of new 3D printers addressing critical elements such as core functionality (this module offers essential features common across all types of 3D printers, such as parameter management, job management, print sequence handling, logging, and configuration); Z-Slicer (this high-performance slicer can be used for pre-print slicing or real-time processing – eliminating the need for pre-slicing entire jobs); motion control (Z-Engine offers built-in support for various motion controllers with a user-friendly API, and offers integration of custom motion solutions); I/O management (this module provides control over temperature, machine I/O, and process control while supporting various PLC types as well as other devices); optional modules with additional functionalities like projection system interface (DLP and MSLA), jetting system interface (Inkjet), and Z-inspection integrated inspection system are available for specific needs.

“The Z-Engine is a game-changer for the 3D printing industry. By providing a comprehensive and adaptable development platform, we empower companies of all sizes to bring their innovative 3D printing concepts to life, accelerating the advancement of 3D printing technology around the world,” said Ran Peleg, Founder and CEO of Visionware3D.

“Visionware3D understands that many 3D printing software solutions share similar core functionalities. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we leverage the robust foundation of Z-Engine. This allows our team to customize the software to 3D printer developers’ specific needs, streamlining development and reducing time-to-market. By focusing on customization rather than building from scratch, Z-Engine empowers us to deliver a cost-effective solution,” said Dror Danai, CBO of Visionware3D.

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