GIS targets direct-to-shape

Global Inkjet Systems, better known as GIS, has added a new licensed direct-to-shape feature to its Atlas Professional User Interface software for printing to cylindrical and conical shapes.

The Direct-to-Shape user interface for Atlas Professional is compatible with most axial symmetrical shapes.

The Atlas software is a highly modular software platform that’s designed to allow printer vendors to quickly develop the accompanying software for their industrial inkjet printers. This new feature includes a graphical interface that is compatible with most axial symmetric shapes for hollow glass and plastic and metal containers in packaging. The UI provides a 3D shape creation tool and a 3D printed object preview.  

Neil Cook, head of marketing for GIS, explains: “Within the software we have preconfigured shape templates (Conical shapes, spheres, and cylinders) which can be edited for diameter and height. The image to be printed is then imported into the UI and this is then graphically represented in the object preview. The software compensates for drop time of flight differences, nozzle misalignment, dot gain and density changes and generates a fully compensated image with minimal image artefacts.”

Cook says that it’s been developed entirely in-house, adding: “This is the first time that we have had a high quality graphical representation of the printed object  – and also integrated into the Atlas UI.”

Nick Geddes, CEO of GIS, commented: “This latest enhancement of our Atlas Professional UI is part of our continuous development, strengthening our software product offering.  With over eight years of experience in direct-to-shape printing, we wanted to enable our customers to take advantage of current market opportunities and add value to their product offering through the graphical interface and easy-to-use 3D print rendering of the Atlas Direct-to-Shape UI.”

The Atlas Direct-to-Shape UI custom module is available now. You can find more details from

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