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Materialise releases latest version of rapid prototyping software

20 November 2006

Rapid prototyping and manufacturing (RP&M) specialist, Materialise, has releasedn Magics 11. Magics is the key element of the Magics e-RP Suite, a full range of professional software products designed to streamline, automate and boost almost every step in the RP&M process. Magics 11 both consolidates the enhancements of Magics X and offers several new and enhanced features. Here’s a brief overview of what’s new in Magics 11:

Speed up and facilitate the build set-up process significantly
Magics 11 paves the way for an automatic planning and process control system:
 Prepare multiple platforms in a single Magics session, enabling you to plan production on different machines simultaneously. Even if you have just one machine, the ‘Multiplatform’ feature can simplify production planning by preparing your consecutive builds
 Free up enormous amounts of memory when dealing with duplicate parts. Magics 11 uses ‘virtual copies’ of the original, which allows you to prepare your platforms more quickly and efficiently
 Automate the application of machine-related compensations: you can indicate machine-related parameters in the machine settings in order to let Magics compensate automatically when exporting a platform

Build life-like prototypes directly
Use Magics 11 to manipulate textured models easily:
 Apply an image onto the surface of a model
 Import textured models (VRML & ZPR files)
 Edit and fix the part for prototyping production, while preserving the textures
 Build your prepared textured model directly on a Z Corp or Contex
machine, thanks to the export of ZPR format

Realise perfect builds
Anticipate future quality issues with the ‘Wall Thickness Analysis’ function:
 Quickly identify problem areas where the walls of a part are too thin or too thick to be built properly
 Avoid scrap and build failures

Ensure fast, clear project communication
Thanks to Magics 11’s very efficient communication tools, misunderstandings due to communication problems belong to the past:
 Easily add attachments, pictures, drawings and annotations to clarify any element of the 3D model on screen
 Create different scenes to explain the requirements in detail

Transform GIS surfaces into easy to handle 3D printed models quickly
 Turn the textured surface GIS data into a solid, watertight model to be built with RP equipment
 Make these models easy to handle, thanks to a unique material saving functionality

Get perfect parts
Magics 11 renews the Z-Compensation to enhance the quality and accuracy of the parts from your SLA machine:
 Avoid time-consuming manual part finishing, thanks to the new and efficient algorithm

Ensure high surface quality for SLA parts
Magics 11 further improves support generation:
 ‘Cross line’ support generation has been perfected
 The manual gusset support generates teeth and notches to allow for fast, easy removal
 The corners of a combined gusset and block support are automatically reinforced, ensuring strong support

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