When it comes to choosing the right 3D printer, too many people give the machine all their attention, without looking at the software they’ll be using. While the printer itself is crucially important, you cannot underestimate the value of the right software.
There are plenty of options out there, but many of them fall far short of what most users want. Additionally, many printers ship with either very rudimentary software, or no software at all.
Materialise has just announced a partnership with Velleman to create a new builder software bundle that promises to change things up.
More about the Partnership
Materialise is no stranger to the 3D printing industry. They’re a leading manufacturer in the industry, and have a long line of software and printing solutions to their credit.
Velleman may also be a familiar name. The company is based in Belgium, and develops electronics for the wholesale market. In fact, Velleman actually produced their own second-generation 3D printer in 2015, and the company has over 40 years of experience in the electronics industry.
The new partnership between the two companies seems like a match made in heaven. Materialise will bring their in-depth software expertise to the table, while Velleman will handle the hardware side of things.
The result should be a ground-breaking combination of 3D printer and advanced software that offers plenty of capabilities for end users. The printer in question will be a new version of the preceding one – the Velleman Vertex Builder.
“The Velleman Vertex Builder will make the 3D printing process as straightforward as possible for everyone with a K8400 Vertex printer,” Karel Brans, Materialise’s director for OEM partnerships explained. “It will operate much in the same way as printer drivers for 2D printing and will make critical functionalities such as automatic support generation easier and faster than ever.”
By bundling the Materialise software with Velleman’s printer, the two companies hope to provide a solution that appeals to users of all skill levels. They will be able to slice models and support material generation through a dramatically easier to use interface that offers powerful controls in a simplified format.
In addition, the software will automatically link to the Materialise 3DPrintCloud. This allows users to store their files, as well as access tools in the cloud to further refine and enhance their models before printing.
“With this partnership, Velleman will be able to equip its printer with powerful 3D printing software tailored to its customers’ needs,” explained Velleman’s CEO, Dirk Vlerick. The software/printer bundle is slated to hit the market during the first portion of 2016, although there has not been any word about pricing.