Supporting is the second step of a three-step workflow. Support structures can be generated manually or automatically to provide stability during print process.


Support Dimensions

There are three predefined support templates:

  1. Small
  2. Medium
  3. Large

The selected one would be used for manual and automatic support generation.

Support Templates

Edit Dimensions

Open dimension edit tool by double-click on small, medium, large icons. The support dimension can be intuitively edited by the sliders. The support shape visualizes the changes made by the sliders.

  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom

Click on restore button at lower-right would restore dimension defaults.

Top dimensions

The only tricky dimension is the penetration. It’s the penetration of the support tip inside the 3D item body. It’s intuitive to modify the rest of the dimensions. The changes are visualized in real-time by a 3D shape.

Edit dimensions: top

Middle dimensions

There is just the width dimension. Which is the diameter/width of the middle section of the support. The change is visualized in real-time by the 3D shape shown.

Edit dimensions: middle

Bottom dimensions

The bottom section is touching the print floor. It’s radius and thickness can be set here. The changes made are visualized in real-time by the 3D shape.

Edit dimensions: bottom

Support Types

There are two support types:

  1. Manual
  2. Automatic

Following sections describe manual and auto supports.

Manual Support

When the mouse pointer is hovering over a 3D item, the preview for a manual support placeholder is shown. Click on 3D items would create cone-shaped placeholders. Placeholders can be deleted by click.

Manual Placeholder

If Auto Support checkbox is not checked, Generate Support button would only generate for manually-clicked cone-shaped placeholders. Therefore to generate support mesh for manual placeholders, just leave the Auto Support checkbox unchecked.

Manual Support

Auto Support

If Auto Support checkbox is checked, additional tools are available to get automatically-detected support points.

  • Density:
    • To adjust the density of the auto points.
  • Lowest Gap:
    • The minimum distance between auto points.

Find Auto Support Points

Find Auto Support Points button automatically creates support points on 3D items. The density of support points and the lowest gap between them are decided by the inputs provided by the user. Auto points can be deleted by click.

Auto Points

Generate Support

After getting the Auto Points, the Generate Support button would create support mesh for automatically-detected points, if any.

Auto Support

Floor Pad

If the Floor Pad checkbox is checked, a simple floor pad would connect individual supports together. Pad has a beveled edge to make it easy to peel off the print floor.

Floor pad checkbox

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