FAQ - V1


What operating systems support D.I.Wire V1 software? 
- D.I.Wire software works on both Windows and MacOS!

What is the maximum diameter for steel? 
- 3.5 mm.

What software programs have been used for designing wire objects?
- The D.I.Wire software works like a printer driver. It takes any SVG file created from any software program that outputs them. We have been using Adobe Illustrator to create the SVGs. Other options include Inkscape, SolidWorks and Rhino. There are many more!

Are any 3D curves possible with the D.I.Wire V1?
- That was done by bending the wire in one plane, turning the curve 90 degrees manually, and continuing to bend another curve. We call it 2.5D. It is more than a work around as it opens up many 3D shapes that people have told us they want to make.

Does the D.I.Wire V1 straighten spooled wire?
- Currently, the D.I.Wire does not have a straighter. We wanted to keep cost, size and development time down. It is an accessory we want to add in the future that will be compatible with the current machines.

What do you recommend for straightening and auto- cutting? 
- We are always striving to help you get the most out of your D.I.Wire Machine. Towards this end, we have cultivated relationships with vendors that offer the best-in-class straighteners, auto-cutters, and the like. If you have a production application for your D.I.Wire and are looking to automate certain processes or simply become more efficient, please contact us at sales@pensalabs.com.

Does the D.I.Wire V1 bend tube?
- The DIWire CAN bend tubing with our stock bend heads. However, if you're trying to achieve more extreme bend angles, the bend radii on our standard hardware components may lead to necking and collapsing. We manufacture custom bend heads so you can avoid this problem! If you're interested in bending a particular size of tubing, send us an email at support@pensalabs.com and we'll get back to you about a custom bend head to suit your material.

Why isn't there a 3rd axis on the D.I.Wire V1?
- There are a few reasons why we built a 2D bender. The most important is that many 3D curves are not possible to bend with this style machine without the wire intersecting the machine or table during the bend process. Even for those curves that are possible, many will sag or twist under their own weight, which throws off your shape. This is also why most production wire forms are flat curves assembled into 3D shapes.

We wanted to focus on making a simple, seamless experience that is accessible to almost anyone. A machine with a 3rd axis would be more expensive, larger, and harder to use. Since the 3D machine can not support the wire with a table, it would not be well suited for 2D curves or soft materials. Additionally, 3D software is more expensive and has a steep learning curve as compared to 2D software. Overall, we feel a 3rd axis is more limiting than it first appears.

That being said, there is a way to make some 3D curves. If you look at picture of the lights, we made one with a baseball stitch pattern. That was done by bending the wire in one plane, turning the curve 90 degrees manually, and continuing to bend another curve. We call it 2.5D. It is more than a work around as it opens up many 3D shapes that people have told us they want to make.