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

Type:

E1803D Intelli-IO extension in motion mode

Development State:

stable
4-axis motion control add-on board for E1803D scanner controller card
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


The table below gives an overview about the possibilities to drive (stepper) motors, their advantages and features. This list contains only these solutions which are directly available by us, for other motion controllers which are available from within RepliSLS3D 3D laser printer software please refer the above.

Software driver E1701M E1803D Intell-IO extension in motion mode
Type RepliSLS3D plug-in (software driver) Motor Controller (hardware solution) Motor Controller (hardware solution)
Acceleration modes
  • logarithmic
  • logarithmic
  • linear
  • s-shaped
  • linear
Acceleration one acceleration value for all situations, no separate stop acceleration separate values for acceleration, deceleration and stop possible
Motion mode sequential, only one axis at the same time all axes parallel and independent from each other one acceleration value for all situations, no stop acceleration
Referencing modes simplified:
  • enter limit switch in one direction or enter and leave limit switch in alternating directions
  • two separate referencing speeds for entering and leaving the limit switch
  • positive or negative direction
complex:
  • up to four referencing steps combineable out of direction, entering and leaving limit switch
  • up to four separate referencing speeds for referencing steps
  • positive or negative direction
  • search for limit switch (automatic direction change)
predefined:
  • enter and leave reference switch
  • two different referencing speeds
  • positive or negative direction
Stop of running motion delayed, may be dropped in case of short movements immediate reaction (realtime operation) immediate reaction (realtime operation)
Hardware I/Os uses digital-IOs of scanner controller card provides own hardware interface (opto-insulated IOs) provides own, additional IO's
Axes up to four up to four up to four
Maximum jitter-free step frequency 100 kHz 500 kHz 38 kHz
Other encoder inputs for two axes