5 Axis Slicer

The first true multi-axis slicing software

The 5 Axis Slicer is tailoired to additive manufacturing machines 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).

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.

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 “waterttight” 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

Simulate and create 3D printer commands

The 5-Axis Slicer allows you to simulate the printing process with any toolhead, by uploading a STL model of it. Once you are done, press the button for “Save gcode’, and use this file in your favourite postprocessor. For instance, use RoboDK, Robotmaster or Robotstudio to generate print comands (for both robot and print tool). For non robot printers, we can provide postprocessors (for instance for Duet control boards).

What will you make?

The 5 Axis Slicer is not a slicer you will use or need on a consumer desktop printer. It is meant for industrial multi-axis 3D printing machines.

Therefore, we would love to work with you, to:

  • Make sure the slicer works for your specific machine.
  • Add features that you would like to see for your machine.
  • Provide a complete 3D printing station, including hardware and software