Software

Endless possibilities from the 100 nm to the cm scale

The flexible software package LithoSoft3D® is designed for the LithoProf3D high-precision 3D printing equipment, and it is also provided as a stand-alone software for GCode compatible manufacturing machines. The created GCode can either use Aerotech-based commands or ISO GCode commands, working with other manufacturer’s GCode based 3D printing equipment.

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LithoSoft3D® contains powerful and flexible modules in which all kind of different structures can be created and arranged, and it generates GCode which is transferred to LithoStream3D to control the additive or subtractive structuring processes. The exposure strategy can be adapted dependent on the designed object and different writing strategies can be applied for the best and fastest structuring. The following modules are available:

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Slicer module (SM)

Arbitrary STL (STereoLithography) files can be imported. Upon import of an STL file, the file is analyzed and repaired if the file is damaged (e.g. if open contours exist). STL files are typically hatched and sliced. With LithoSoft3D, several exposure strategies are additionally available: (a) hatching and slicing, (b) hatching, slicing, and single or multiple contour exposure, or (c) just single or multiple contour exposure.

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Woodpile editor module (WEM)

In the Woodpile Editor, woodpile-like structures can be created consisting out of stacks of individual voxel (volume pixel) lines. Different layers made out of an arbitrary number and length of voxel lines can be arbitrarily stacked on top of each other. Additionally, a rotation angle between succeeding line stacks can be chosen in the WEM.

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Lens editor module (LEM)

The Lens Editor Module is a powerfool tool to create arbitrary free-form lenses  by loading parameters defining  a lens shape or by simply dragging the lens contour around. Additionally, the LEM provides a set of predefined lens geometries ranging from spherical via  parabolic to aspherical (with or without polynomials) shapes. Various writing strategies are available, and  a cylindrical base can be added to the lens.

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Ascii Import Module (AIM)

In the ASCII Import Module, datasets of points can be loaded. Using AIM, these points are then linked by either simple lines, cubic splines, simple helices or helices with a freeform envelope.

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Field Editor Module (FEM)

The Field Editor Module duplicates an object from any other module and arranges all cloned objects into different patterns, for example a rectangle or hexagon. The parameters for the arrangement such as pitches, total size, offset, etc. can be chosen and the arrangement over the predefined substrate is done automatically using the FEM. Additionally, a list of data points can be loaded for the object placement with an optional rotation angle for each placement point individually. This editor is especially helpful for parameter searches of simple or more complex object arrangements, since it enables the variation of writing parameters facilitating the scan for the best writing result.

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Watch this videoclip to get an impression on how to use LithoSoft3D®.