5.1.3.5. Support

(1) Generate Support

Generate Support refers to selecting which structure for overhang part.

Figure 5.51: Selecting support structure for overhang part.


The None setting refers to no support structure for the model.

The Touch Platform Only setting refers to only adding support structure which can touch the build platform. Those located from one surface of the model to another surface of the model will not be created.

Figure 5.52: Printed with supports of "Touch Platform Only".


The All setting refers to adding support structure to all the overhang part of the model.

Figure 5.53: Printed with supports of "All".


(2) Support

Support Extruder refers to selecting which extruder to print support. (If you have set number of extruders to be 1, then it will only show Primary Extruder; if you have set it to be 2, then it will show then it will show two functions: Left Extruder and Right Extruder.).

Support Type refers to the structure of support.

Normal refers to the support which is computed based on locality which may cause random hang.

Pillar refers to the support which is entirety based on and computed based only pillars.

Figure 5.54: Two types of support structure.


Support Infill Type refers to the infill pattern for the support structure.

Figure 5.55: Two types of Support Infill pattern.


Figure 5.56: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Lines".


Figure 5.57: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Grid".


Figure 5.58: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Concentric".


Figure 5.59: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Rectilinear".

 

Figure 5.60: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Triangles".

 

Figure 5.61: Set "Support Infill Type" to be "Gyroid".


Support Infill Outlines with this function enabled, ideaMaker will print some shells surround of the support.

Infill Ratio refers to the density of support structure.

Max Overhang Angle defines which parts of the model will be added support onto.

When the real overhang angle on model is greater than this set value, support structure will be generated. Overhang Angle refers to the angle between the overhang surface and Z axis as Figure 5.62. (Set 0 means all overhang parts of the model will be added with support. Set 90 means no support will be added to the model).

Figure 5.62: Overhang angle.


Horizontal Offset refers to the distance between the support structure and the model parts in X/Y direction.

Vertical offset Top Layers refers to the offset between the top of support structure and the model parts in Z direction.

Vertical offset Down Layers refers to the offset between the bottom of support structure and the model parts in Z direction.

Support Flowrate refers to the flow rate of printing the support structure.

Horizontal Expansion refers that with this function enabled the support would be larger in the Horizontal direction and it can be removed easier.

Figure 5.63: Set "Horizontal Expansion" to be 0.


Figure 5.64: Set "Horizontal Expansion" to be 2.


Solid Base Layer refers to increasing adhesion of support structure of below layers as Figure 5.65.

Figure 5.65: Set "Support Base Layer" to be 5.


(2) Interlaced Support Infill Angle

Interlaced Support Infill Angle refers that you can define the direction of each layer of the infill structure which can decrease the potential of hangs in corners due to all support at the same direction. If you add 30, 60, 90deg, the angle of the first layer of support will be 30deg.The second layer will be 60deg. The third layer will be 90deg. The fourth layer will be back to 30deg and the angle of the following layers changes in the order.

Angle refers to the directional angle of infill structure.

Add Infill Angle refers to adding a value.

Remove Infill Angle refers to removing the selected value.

Figure 5.66: Set "Interlaced Support Infill Angle" to be 30 degrees.

 

Figure 5.67: Set "Interlaced Support Infill Angle" to be 0 degree.


(3) Adaptive Support generates denser support near the models otherwise making sparse support fills.

Adaptive Support Reduction Count refers to the number of support infill ratios that will be used.

Note: Each reduction will half the infill ratio of support structure.

Infill Ratio Range refers to the range of minimum and maximum of support’s structure infill ratio.

Note: when the dense support is enabled the maximum infill ratio will be set as Dense Support Infill Ratio.

Adaptive Support Layers refers to the number of layers before reducing infill ratio of support structures.

Adaptive Support Inner Horizontal Expansion with this function enabled the adaptive support structure would be expanded in XY direction to avoid narrow support regions and it can be removed easier.

Note: 

1. Support Infill Ratio and Dense Support Infill Ratio in Per-layer settings will be ignored if adaptive support is enabled.

2. Support Infill Type, Support Infill Ratio, Dense Support Infill Type and Dense Support Infill Ratio in modifier settings will be ignored if adaptive support is enabled.


(4) Other

Pillar Size refers to the size of each support pillar. This value is also used to determine where supports should be placed.

Add Sparse Connection refers that with this function enabled, ideaMaker will disable retraction between support structures, which will cause some oozing strings to connect and strengthen support structures.

Figure 5.68: The Support tab.


(5) Dense Support

Dense Support Layers refers to the number of layers for dense support structure. It will only exist in the layers approaching to the model surface which can make the support connecting points smoother after removing the supports.

Dense Support Bottom Layers with this function enabled, you can define the quantity of dense support bottom layers.

Note: if not enable the number will match the top.

Dense Support Infill Ratio refers to the infill density of the dense support layers.

Dense Support Infill Type refers to selecting the infill pattern for the dense support layers.

Figure 5.69: Four types of dense support infill pattern.


Figure 5.70: Set "Dense Support Infill Type" to be "Lines".


Figure 5.71: Set "Dense Support Infill Type" to be "Grid".


Figure 5.72: Set "Dense Support Infill Type" to be "Concentric".


Figure 5.73: Set "Dense Support Infill Type" to be "Rectilinear".


Dense Support Infill Outlines with this function enabled, ideaMaker will print some shells surround of the dense support.


Figure 5.74: Set " Dense Support Infill Outlines " to be 2.


Dense Support Extruder selecting which extruder to print dense support. (If you set number of extruders to 1, then it will only show Primary Extruder; if you set it to 2, then it will show Left Extruder and you can switch to Right Extruder).


Figure 5.75: Selecting an extruder for dense support.


Dense Support Inner Horizontal Expansion with this function enabled the dense support would be expanded in XY direction to avoid narrow dense support regions and it can be removed easier.

Note: This function only works for inner dense support structure is located in the middle of support structure.


Figure 5.76: Set " Dense Support Inner Horizontal Expansion " to be 2mm.


Figure 5.77: Set " Dense Support Inner Horizontal Expansion " to be 0mm.


Figure 5.78: The Dense Support tab.


Figure 5.79: The Support tab.


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