Supported

Hardware

This section describes hardware that is specific for use within RepliSLS3D and which is supported by the main software package. Plug-Ins to control other devices can be added easily via a SDK.
For details please contact us.

Output controller cards - this section contains laser scanner controller, XY(Z) stage controller and other devices which perform the main process of tool control and material manipulation (aka "printing"):

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
HALaser Systems™

Type:

E1701D Scanner Controller

Development State:

stable
Accessible via Ethernet or USB; modular, low-cost
XY2/100 scanner card

Type:

E1803D Scanner Controller

Development State:

stable
Accessible via Ethernet or USB; modular, low-cost
XY2/100 scanner card
3rdEye™

Type:

PSC141P

Development State:

experimental
Linux support available on request

Type:

PSC142P

Development State:

experimental
Linux support available on request
CTI™ / GSI™

Type:

EC1000

Development State:

stable
to be used via RTC compatibility library only (provided
by vendor)

Type:

SC500

Development State:

stable
to be used via RTC compatibility library only (provided
by vendor)
generic

Type:

GCode-output

Development State:

stable
Outputs vector and tool control data as G-Code (CNC)
control commands

Type:

printer-driver-based

Development State:

stable
Supports all devices that are accessed via installed
printer device
Makeblock™

Type:

XY-Plotter

Development State:

development
RLC USB

Development State:

experimental
Scanlab™

Type:

RTC3

Development State:

stable

Type:

RTC4

Development State:

stable

Type:

RTC4Scanalone

Development State:

stable

Type:

RTC5

Development State:

stable

Type:

RTC6

Development State:

stable
SCAPS™

Type:

USC-1

Development State:

stable
Windows only, requires SCI license from SCAPS™

Type:

USC-2

Development State:

stable
Windows only, no support for Ethernet connection,
requires SCI license from SCAPS™

Type:

USC-3

Development State:

stable
Windows only, no support for Ethernet connection,
requires SCI license from SCAPS™, requires
software version 1.2 or newer
Sintec Optronics™

Type:

ETH6608

Development State:

stable

Laser controllers - while most laser types (like IPG™, SPI™, YAG, CO2, other fiber lasers) can be controlled the scanner controller card directly, some of them require special control commands. These lasers can be accessed by special control plug-ins:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
miscellaneous        

Type:

CO2, YAG, IPG™, SPI™ and  
similar

Development State:

stable
directly supported via most scanner controller cards, no
separate laser control interface necessary
Coherent™

Type:

Avia

Development State:

stable
generic

Development State:

stable
basic support for all lasers with serial interface and ASCII
communication
SPI™

Type:

G4

Development State:

stable
ASCII-commands via serial interface

Motion controllers - an element part of 3D printing and SLS/rapid prototyping processes deals with motion operations to shift the Z-position (in 2.5D mode), to move material and other things more:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
HALaser Systems™  

Type:

E1701M Stepper Motor        
Controller

Development State:

stable
Multiple axis controller for motion operations and single
axis controller for Z-Shifter elements
Faulhaber™

Type:

Series MCBL 300x RS,
MCDC 300x RS,
3564...B CS,
32xx...BX4 CS and
22xx...BX4 CSD

Development State:

stable
Schneider Electric™

Type:

MDrive+

Development State:

stable
Sill™

Type:

Focus Shifter

Development State:

development
Single axis controller for Z-Shifter elements

Type:

Stepper Motor (via
scanner controller card)

Development State:

stable

Process control - a professional laser sintering/3D stereo lithograhpy process needs to control different additional parameters beside of the main operation. Such parameters - like temperature, gas concentration, gas pressure and other things more - can be checkend and influenced by this special category of plug-ins which also can be extended by own ones using the free-of-charge software development kit (SDK) which makes development easy:

Vendor Type Development State Remarks
generic        

Type:

Get temperature via scanner
controllers analogue
input

Development State:

stable
retrieves temperature and halts marking process
Optris™

Type:

LT Pyrometer

Development State:

stable
retrieves temperature and halts marking process
Pewatron™           

Type:

FCX gas sensor controller

Development State:

development
retrieves gas concentration and halts marking process
when it is out of a defined range