3. Setting up and using Solus Contour
After you have Installed Solus Contour, Purchased a License, and Activated the software, Open Solus Contour.
1. Set Default Projector (vivitek/Infocus/Optima)
Select the desired projector by clicking edit, then preferences and then selecting it from the drop down menu, and then clicking OK.
2. Adjust Barrel Settings:
Click on file, and then Setup.
Tick the box that says connect to controller, and then click project grid.
Square off your grid by adjusting the barrel settings, adjust the Distortion parameters first to the below values (93, 0.05, -.04, 0.05) from left to right, and then do the Center x/y values (39, 96).
Put a piece of paper on the printer quartz and use a pair of calipers to ensure the grid measures
48mm x 27mm for 25micron printing
80mm x 45mm for 41micron printing
3. Adjust Focus:
Open the file Solus Lens Focus
(click open, and then select the file)
Once it is open click “view” and then click “preview slices”
Once it has finished generating the slices tick “project slice”
Adjust the focus by twisting the lens on the front of the projector using the sample file to make sure that you can see the keyboard keys clearly.
Once adjusted untick the project slice box, close the popup menu, and then click on the solus calibration file which is on the build area and press the delete key on your keyboard to remove it.
4. Opening a Model
Now that you’re finished checking the grid size and focus click open, select a model and then click open again on your selected model.
Once a model is in the build area you can duplicate it by clicking on the model so that it is selected, holding the “CTRL” key on your keyboard and pressing the “D” Key
5. Changing the View
Once the model is open it will be displayed within the build space, to change the view you can click the buttons at the top right of the screen labelled(left, right, top, home) alternatively you can click and hold the build area with your mouse, and then move it around.
6. Moving a Model
To move the model click on move (left hand navigational pane) after you click on the selected model that you wish to move, you can adjust it using the arrows (circled in red) or drag it into your desired position. (the Z axis adjusts the height of the object)
7. Rotating a Model
To rotate a model click on it to select it, and then adjust the X Y or Z values(alternatively you can click on the model and spin it using the mouse)
8. Resizing a Model
Once a model is selected, you can resize it as follows (Adjust it accordingly to allow for shrinkage of the model during the curing process) We always increase the model size by 3% (103%) to compensate for this occurrence.
9. Changing the Build Area and Resin Profile
In the bottom right side of the screen, there is an icon, click it and then you have the ability to change settings related to the Resin and Build Area.
Depending on how you adjusted the grid size change the setting to either 48 x 27, or 80 x 45 for the build area.
Now that you have selected the appropriate build area for the grid size adjusted on the projector, it is time to adjust the resin profile.
Depending on the resin you’re using (provided it is one of the options) select your resin from the drop down menu, every resin has its own characteristics, so exposure times will vary between the different types of resin used.
Adjust how thick you want the slices of a model to be here
Slices must be above 10 microns, you can adjust the settings for lower slicing capabilities within the slicing profile, by selecting the desired resin profile, clicking exposure, and then clicking add.
Once the new line has been created, enter the values relative to the default settings preloaded with the resin profile.
To add a new resin profile that isn’t include in the default preloaded profiles click on New, and then type in a name for your new resin profile.
Once the new resin profile is added, customize the exposure and bottom layer exposure dependent on the resins characteristics.
10. Automatic Support Building (Feature Coming Soon!!!)
This feature is currently being tested before the release in the next update of the software, but here is a glimpse of it in action.
When you click on the Support Icon, you have the ability to customize supports that will be automatically placed around your models ensuring that any positions that are not supported/connected to the model, form correctly during the printing process.
Alternatively you can remove supports that have formed in places where you do not wish them to be, by clicking Manual, and then Remove, and clicking on the desired supports.
11. Saving a Scene
Once all your models have been placed on the build area, you can save their positions, incase you ever need to use those exact models again.
Click file, and then click Save Scene, and type a name for the scene file.
Once the scene is saved you can open it by clicking on Open, and then when the dialogue pops up, changing the file type to Scene Files, Locating your scene file and clicking open.