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Work easily with SLC and CLI sliced files in Envision One RP!

Envision One RP supports 3MF and STL formats that are commonly used in 3D printing. Along with that, you can now use Envision One RP for working with SLC and CLI sliced files.

What are the sliced files?

Sliced files refer to 2.5D data format, where a 3D model is depicted as a stack of layer contours with boundary points in 2D. These files are usually smaller than STL files in size.

Find the detailed information about sliced files supported by Envision One RP:

  • CLI (Common Layer Interface) files are used to provide the geometrical information of a sliced STL model such as the boundary points’ coordinates, orientation, layer thickness value, and hatches filling the contour.
  • SLC (StereoLithography Contour) files comprise a collection of slices that contain information about the contours’ points with X and Y coordinates. All contours are stacked in parallel along the Z-axis.

Working with CLI and SLC files

The earliest release to support CLI and SLC files is Envision One RP 1.2.2636.

To start working with sliced files in Envision One RP, upload a CLI or SLC file in one of the following ways:

  • Click Menu | Open and select a file; or
  • Drag the file directly into the open Envision One RP software.

Once a CLI or SLC file is loaded on the platform, it is visualized as a slice stack.

In Envision One RP, you can operate sliced files using the following features:

1. Using all GIZMO features except for the rotation on X and Y axes:

  • Rotating a slice stack on Z-axis in the Orientation widget;
  • Repositioning a slice stack;
  • Creating copies of a slice stack;
  • Cutting a slice stack by plane.

2. Using all features in the Layout widget.

3. Generating a job file.

4. Sending a job file to the printer.

Before working with sliced files:

  1. Make sure that the appropriate buildstyle is selected. The layer thickness indicated in the buildstyle should correspond to the layer thickness value of the imported sliced file.
  2. Verify that there are no files of other formats on the platform. For example, a CLI file cannot be imported if there is already an SLC or STL file on the platform. In general, the files of different formats cannot be placed on the platform at the same time.

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