Supporting is the second step of a three-step workflow. Support structures can be generated manually or automatically to provide stability during print process.
There are three predefined support templates:
The selected one would be used for manual and automatic support generation.
Edit Dimension Templates
Open support dimension edit window by template icon:
- Click on the triangle at lower-right corner
- Right click
- Long click i.e. press and hold
- Double click
Each support dimension can be intuitively edited by the editable figure. The red curved arch indicates support penetration into the 3D item.
Click on save button at lower-left would save the current dimensions. Click on restore button at lower-right would restore dimension defaults.
There are two support types:
Following sections describe manual and auto supports.
Click on 3D items would create cone-shaped placeholders. Placeholders can be deleted by click. Moreover, there is a convenient button to delete all placeholders, located at the lower-right of the app window beneath 3D items list.
If Auto Support checkbox is not checked, Generate button would only generate for manually-clicked cone-shaped placeholders.
If Auto Support checkbox is checked, additional tools are available to get automatically-detected support points.
- Lowest Gap
- Get Points button
Get Points button creates cylinder-shaped 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.
Cylinder-shaped support points can be deleted by click.
When Auto Support checkbox is checked, Generate button would create supports for both:
- Cone-shaped manually-clicked placeholders, if any
- Cylinder-shaped automatically-detected points, if any
If 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.