Questions tagged [support-material]

Support material defines the type of material used in a support structure. Typically the support material is the same as the print material, however, some designs require a specialized support material that is different from the regular print material.

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Can PETG be used as support material for PLA?

Printing supports, either complete, or partially from PVA have not always resulted in successful prints according to my experience with the filament (used in a dual extruder Ultimaker 3 extended). But,...
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PLA support material suddenly a problem on Ender 5

I have an Ender 5 that I meticulously calibrated with good success and was regularly getting great print quality with PLA. I stopped using it for a couple of months and when I resumed (without having ...
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SLA printing: piece does not stick to supporting structures

I am trying to print a box shaped object with an ELEGOO Mars SLA printer. I positioned the piece rotating it on X and Y axis 35 and 30 degrees. However, the print fails because the piece does not ...
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Surface Tension Support for FDM Printers

I've been thinking about alternatives to support materials for FDM printers, such as multi axis printers, dual head with soluble support material or printing in a gel/liquid which traps the material ...
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What do I need to know to successfully use Taulman/Dow EVOLV3D™ USM Universal Support Material?

Taulman3D advertises a soluble support material (EVOLV3D™ USM Universal Support Material) that handles temperatures appropriate for nylon and is completely safe to flush down the drain. There's very ...
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Which common 3D printing materials/methods will suitably replicate (w.r.t. durability) this injection molded Polypropylene item?

Note: Before any negative flagging, we asked permission on Meta prior to posting & got a YES: Could this Printing Material Recommendation Question be or shaped to be valid on 3D SE? Which common ...
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3D Printing of a Swellable Material

I recently saw this video of super-swellable polymer and felt inspired. Printing a swellable structure would be sort of interesting. However, sodium polyacrylate isn't a printable material. Does ...
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3D printing template material

I want to print a structure that I can embed in a resin and later dissolve. I know that some fancy 3D printing systems have raft materials etc., that can be printed and later removed easily. Can any ...
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Support material first layer adhesion issues

I am quite new to 3D printing, and having difficulty printing first layer of an object with support. The object has a few curved surfaces that touch the print bed, so not a big starting foot print. ...
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Printing with Polycarbonate keeps warping

I'm trying to print a large piece with polycarbonate but it keeps warping, I'm using a Taz 5 printer and setting 290 C in the extruder and 145 C in the heating bed. Other setting I have are: ...
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Using HIPS as support for PLA printing?

I have a question. I have a dual extruder printer and I want to try using HIPS for printing. Can I use PLA as my main material and HIPS for supports? Searching online I found combinations of ABS + ...
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Best method to make dissolvable supports?

Sometimes supports are very difficult to remove (physically) when I print with ABS. The image below, from Thingiverse - MOF-5 unit cell, is after significant effort to remove the yellow ABS supports ...
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Materials testing of 3D printed parts

What parameters are needed when preparing to model a 3D printed part in (ANSYS or Abaqus)? Are there specific tests? Update We have been using FDM printing, with PLA. Our parts are for a quadcopter ...
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Smooth finish in Slic3r using Support Material

How can I obtain a smooth finish like the one in this video: Easy and clean support material removal from 3D printed part., using Slic3r instead of Simplify3D? What settings do I need to change?
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Getting better support than Slic3r generates

I found a nice model for a ship from the game "Eve". It doesn't have a flat bottom, so it needs support material. But Slic3r generates several dozen tiny support pillars, and one by one they break ...
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How to print an overhanging arc

I am designing a part that has to clamp around a 11mm bushing, and due to other design constraints, it has to be printed with a semicircle-shaped overhang: This is proving very challenging to print. ...
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What can I use to “sand” my ABS prints?

I have a 3d printer that uses ABS filament. The software I use will generate vertical supports for my objects before printing that can be easily broken off after they have been used during print to ...