5 Axis Slicer

5 Axis Slicer

The first true multi-axis slicing software

The 5 Axis Slicer is tailored to any additive manufacturing machines with 5 or more axis (such as robots with 5 or more axis). The slicing process works the same as any other ‘normal’ slicer except that the layer generation allows for curved layers. This gives some unique opportunities such as:

  • printing with zero overhang (where every layer of material is printed on a ‘previous’ layer with 100% overlap)
  • printing on top of existing (curved) objects
  • printing without supports

For the above reasons, the 5-Axis Slicer is used for metal repair, printing plastics on metal parts, and printing complex objects (in metal and/or plastic).

Slicing Features


Using our multi-planar option it’s possible to generate layers along an input curve. Powerful if the layers can have a varying layer height.


Using non-planar slicing, the printer can follow the contours of the model more closely, reducing the stair-stepping effect seen in traditional 3D prints and producing a smoother finish on sloped or curved surfaces.


Conformal printing allows printing on top of an existing topology of an object.


Using radial slicing you can generate layers around a round object, such as an existing round axis.

Examples of objects sliced with the 5 Axis Slicer

Example 1: A coil

The example of the coil shows a simulation of the toolhead motions (the ‘stick’) and the layer deposition (in yellow). The layers are deposited with zero overhang, and therefore, this coil can be printed without support structures.

Example 2: Panton Chair

This example shows how the Panton Chair can be printed in any material (plastic or metal) with zero overhang and without support structures. The nozzle is represented by the ‘stick’, while the deposited material is shown in yellow.

Example 3: Segmented Toolpaths

The example shows how the 5 Axis Slicer can be used to generate toolpaths for segmented printing. This block can also be sliced in one piece, resulting in curved layers.

Example 4: Radial Toolpaths

The 5 Axis Slicer can generate radial toolpaths as well, just by selecting a tubular base, allowing to print complex shapes with zero overhang and without supports.

Real World Applications

The videos below show real world applications where our 5 Axis Slicer is applied. The first shows how to go from design to print, where the object is finally printed with an industrial robot (in plastic). The second video shows how the 5-Axis Slicer is used in metal repair. The third video shows how it is used to print polymer on a metal car part. The last video (most right) shows 3d metal printing of a ‘big’ elbow piece by a robot on a turn and tilt table. In all cases, there is no overhang and no supports are needed.


Our software works for all printers that can do 5-axis motions. If you want a bit more certainty, we have assembled a list of printers on which our software has been tested:

  1. Gen5X 5 Axis 3D Printer
  2. ABID 5 Axis Printer
  3. Yaskawa MOTOMAN 6 Axis Robotic Arms: Works with RoboDK as a postprocessor
  4. Universal Robots: UR10e, UR3e: Works with RoboDK as a postprocessor
  5. KUKA robotic arms: Works with RobotStudio as a postprocessor

How it works

The 5 Axis Slicer requires two .STL models to generate a toolpath: a Print model and a Base model. The first model is the print itself. This should be a solid “watertight” object with a realistic thickness. The Base model is the base on which you want to print.

Examples of a Base:

  • a flat surface
  • a 3d-scanned car body panel
  • a segmented part of the object, printed previously

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Using the button below you can directly book a Teams meeting with one of our product specialists. If you’d like to get more information by mail, please email info@dotxcontrol.com

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