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Photocentric Studio

Installing the software

Download the Software

Download the latest version of Photocentric Studio below.

Minimum Computer Requirements

 

– Operating System Windows 7, 8 or 10
-Minimum 2.0 Ghz processor speed 2 cores. Recommended
4 cores
– GPU capable of opening opengl version 3.0 or higher
– .net framework version 4.0
– 64bit system: minimum 2GB of RAM, recommended 4GB
– 32bit system: minimum 1GB of RAM, recommended 2GB
You can run the software using macOS by using a Virtual Workstation with Windows installed on it.

Installing the software

  1. Extract the Photocentric Studio zip folder and run the .msi application Note: If Windows Defender prevents the installation from starting simply click ‘More Info’ then ‘Run Anyway’ to begin the installation process.
  2.  The set up wizard will then load on your screen. To proceed with the installation simply click Next.
  3. Now select the location for your installation to be saved to. If you wish to change the location simply click Browse and select a new location of your choice. Once the location has been selected click Next.
  4. Once you have selected the location of the installation click Next to begin the installation of the software.

  5. Installation has now completed, click Close and you can now open the software. When opening the software you will see a section to enter your license number which can be found on the USB of the ancillary box, click on this section and enter your license number provided into the field as shown.

    Note: The software comes with a 30 day trial. If you wish to use the trial before activating your license simply click ‘Continue Evaluation’. If you have purchased your license online separately the license key will be emailed to you.

Connecting the Printer 

(Only applies to the LC Precision and LC Pro)

  1. Open the Print Controller by click on this icon on the far right of the screen 
  2. Refresh ports and choose com port display of the printer.
  3. Press Connect

  If there is a USB Driver error you can download the driver here

Getting Started

  1. Select the appropriate printer and the resin profile, then press Apply.

  2. To configure general settings, machine and print settings, press File and then select Configuration. You can change support settings in the dropdown Support Profiles.
  3. Click on the folder icon  to open your file.
  4. Use the below buttons to change views, copy, move and for scaling.

 

Note: For further support on the tools of the software you need to activate the support mode. You can do this by going to Help on the top menu, Help documentation, Supporting. 

When you see the Blue update alert, please download the latest version from Photocentric Studio here. Uninstall your current software, and install the new one.

Adding Supports to Prints

Photocentric Studio

1. Load your file into the Photocentric Studio Software.

2. Click on ‘Support Mode’ on the right side pane.

3. Click on ‘Generate Supports and the supports will be generated automatically for the model.

Flattening Supports

You can use these two tools to flatten supports . This solves the problem of lattice supports becoming slow, this can happen when very detailed supports are used. Typically this would be used once you have finished with an object, allowing you to easily handle 20 objects.

 

Note: Some stl models have a very shiny surface which is difficult to see when adding supports. To solve this issue you can change the view to Filled Frame.

 

You can adjust or manually add supports to your models using Photocentric Studio. For more information how to do so refer to the support videos below.

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – PRO Hard Black 100um

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro High Tensile White 100um

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro Tough Resin 100um Part 1

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro Tough Resin 100um Part 2

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC HR2 with Flexible Resin

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC HR2 High Tensile Resin

Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC HR2 with Firm Resin 50um

LC Precision 1.5 – Adding Supports with Photocentric Studio

Slicing your Print

  1. To slice file, use the slice button , then choose the location to save file and press OK.

    Note: Before slicing you can check your machine and print settings in Edit. In Edit you can also change your file name under Slice folder name. After your settings have been checked you can then begin slicing by pressing OK, start slicing. Print settings in Edit mode give you access to the advanced print settings option. We do not recommend changing anything in the first two tabs. In the tab GCode Settings you have access to the print time and motor parameters which can be modified. In the tab GCode Script you have access to the GCode script modification.
  2. Once slicing has finished press Yes to open the printer controller. (Note you only need to open the printer controller if you are using the software with the LC Precision or LC Pro)

Using the Print Controller

This section only applies if you are using the LC Precision or LC Pro. For users of the LC Precision 1.5, LC HR and LC HR2 please follow the instructions below.

Save your file to a USB as .zip format and insert it in the front socket of the printer. Then wait for 10 seconds and press Print to refresh and the printable files will show on the screen. Select your file and press Print.

1. Open printer controller by clicking on this icon

2. To connect your printer via print controller select COM port and display then use Connect button.

3.  After successful connection select Manual Controls to check the screen and stepper motor are functioning and connection correctly. Select Display Grid to check your printer display, your display should show a grid. To show blank screen and turn off grid select Display Blank.

4. For LC Precision you will need to write in the red circled section command M106 to check your screen and back-light, then press Display Grid. Use command M107 to turn off. For the LC Pro simply press the display grid.

5. To upload a file please use the Select Zip button. Uploaded file format can be zip, cws or folder with sliced images and g-code.

6. To begin the print process press the Start button . The software will inform you when the print process has finished.

Downloads

Photocentric Studio User Manual

Software

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.