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Meltio launches new Horizon toolpath generator software

Meltio’s new Horizon toolpath generator software is designed for use with the firm’s plug-and-play metal 3D printer, the Meltio M450, for which users have previously been reliant on third party FFF slicers for preparing toolpaths. 

In addition to traditional slicing parameters used in FFF software such as layer height, line width, print speed, and support materials, Horizon provides access to material-specific parameters such as laser power, dual wire, and hot wire settings.

The software can automatically calculate the cost per part in each customer project, and build plates can be defined by the user and stored as presets. To provide a good insight into the model to be printed, Horizon provides both a 2D and a 3D preview of the toolpath. The 2D plan vision allows for easy inspection of the toolpath throughout the model

In addition, Meltio has launched a new Laser Calibration System as an accessory (kit) to aid the reliability and ease of use of its machines, ensuring a faster and more reliable print process. The system enables configuration of Meltio’s multi-laser deposition head accurately and effortlessly on all its metal 3D printing solutions. The system consists of a laser alignment camera that has to be placed under the printhead as it allows for a clear view of the focus point of the lasers. The camera is controlled using a portable controller, which also comes included in the kit, as well as a software specifically designed to filter the camera image and guide the user to focus each laser on the most optimal point.