Modules

Do you want to apply functional textures to your model or reduce the weight of your part with a lightweight structure? Choose the module that fits your needs.

Texturing Module Lightweight Structure CAD Import Module CAD Link Module Remesh Module

Texturing Module

The look and feel of a part is crucial to the success of a product design. It largely defines the esthetics of a part, but can also lead to added functionality or improved performance. With the Materialise 3-matic Texturing Module, you can efficiently create 3D textures, perforations and patterns directly on the STL file (which can later be printed with RP/AM technology). In addition, you have the flexibility to quickly change and preview 3D textured components without having to share your designs with external suppliers.

3-matic Texturing Module

Use the Texturing Module to:

  • Individualize your designs
  • Improve grip
  • Avoid finishing work (since layers are masked)
  • Improve aerodynamic properties
  • Change acoustic properties

Key Benefits of the Texturing Module

  • Ensure printability and avoid excessive STL file sizes with slice-based technology
  • Handle highly complex surfaces efficiently
  • Have full control over the creation of new textures and how they are applied on your model
  • Reduce lead time by incorporating textures in your design rather than as a post-processing step
  • Keep confidential 3D designs or finished parts in your business
  • Use textures to reduce the visibility of the slices in the printed part, minimizing the need for sanding and improving the overall looks

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Lightweight Structures Module

Nature uses precisely designed structures to create shapes that fit the needs of strength, flexibility and rigidness while still keeping them as light as possible. Manufacturing similar lightweight structures has always been challenging and often impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing technologies.

One of the key advantages of 3D Printing is the flexibility to create shapes which are impossible or too costly to produce with traditional technologies. The Materialise 3-matic Lightweight Structures Module realizes one of the most promising potentials of the 3D printing industry: optimizing your designs and translating them into lightweight components.

Key Benefits of the Lightweight Structures Module

  • Choose from a wide variety of structures
  • Add or design your own unit structures
  • Apply it internally, following the surface or other options
  • Optimize your designs based on analysis
  • Process complex designs with the slice-based technology of the Build Processor

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CAD Import Module

With the Materialise 3-matic CAD Import Module, you can create STL data from IGES, VDA, Vrml, Catia V4 and V5, UG, Pro-E and STEP files. Materialise 3-matic’s interactive CAD import reads the surface structure of your CAD file and lets you create detailed surfaces by taking low-accuracy surfaces and reloading them with a higher resolution.

CAD Link Module

The Materialise 3-matic CAD Link Module gives you the possibility to easily bring your file back to CAD. As a combination of the segmentation tools and intelligent automatic splitting, this module offers you the complete solution to convert STL files to IGES or STEP.

Included in the conversion is a feature recognition where the basic analytical shapes will be converted with the correct parameters, while the organic regions will be converted to NURBS to obtain a fully parametric design.

Remesh Module

The Materialise 3-matic Remesh Module allows you to fully prepare your parts for CAE applications. The surface mesh is optimized through different manual and automatic remesh operations, which control the quality and size of the part’s surface triangulation.

The Remesh Module also offers a volume meshing functionality, which lets you create Tet4 and Tet10 volume meshes. These surface meshes and volume meshes can be exported to Fluent, Ansys, Abaqus, Comsol, Patran and Nastran file formats. Additionally, the lightweight beams designed in Materialise 3-matic can be exported to Abaqus and Optistruct, which allows you to fully analyze the structural integrity of your lightweight part before printing.