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Help With Bottom of Sphere Coming off With Supports

I printed this on an Ender 3 S1 Pro at 215˚C with a 20% infill (actually 5 were printed at once). The print bed was leveled prior to print. When I tried to remove the supports, they took the bottom ...
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How to find the orientation that uses the least amount of support material in CURA?

I want to print a protein model, given any orientation there are a large number of overhangs, making it difficult to judge by eye which orientation uses the least support material. Is there a tool in ...
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How do I 3D print an object inside another object?

I have a tooth and a nerve inside it as two different objects. The first picture is a molar tooth and the second image is a nerve inside the molar tooth. My question is; how to generate supports so ...
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Is there a possibility to print supports that have overhang themselves?

I've been looking for various ways to cut down on material costs in my 3D prints. One of them is reducing material in supports, or trying to get rid of supports completely. I do not have a question on ...
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Problematic 3D models that will collapse while being 3D printed by SLA technology

I'm working on an algorithm that predicts the probability of collapse for 3D models while being 3D printed by SLA technology. I'm looking for some 3D model that will collapse while being 3D printed. I ...
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Support on tiny leg

When slicing with Cura, a "flying" support was added. Why would it happen and how to fix it? Top-side view: Bottom-side view: Bottom view: As expected, the support failed. Note, the ...
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Is there such a things as an "Optimum height above the bed" for a Resin printer, and if so, how do you calculate it?

Presuming that you are raising your print above the bed using a raft and supports, rather than printing directly on the plate. Is there such a thing as an optimum distance above the bed to have the ...
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Cura 5.4.0 Added "Print as support" Cylinder adds support to regions where there is no model. How to limit support to those areas that need it?

I added a cylinder object to my model and changed the object type from normal to "Print as support." After slicing, the cylinder appears as support but this support exists in areas where ...
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How to improve quality of edge over support

I am having trouble with my print here, specifically with the part laying on the green support: It seems the edge running on the supports does not stick to it and it wants to curl upwards : I have ...
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Can "unnecessary" supports be used effectively to improve bed adhesion on objects with a low surface contact area?

I have a number of models to print that are supposed to be orientated in a specific way for printing so the layer lines go in the same direction (purely aesthetic), and to ensure that shrinkage occurs ...
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Add "Elephant's Foot" in Cura

Ok, I know this is quite weird since basically, we want to avoid elephant's foot. But my case is: I want to print some thin/tall stuff which I don't want to lay them down and sometimes it gives me ...
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Add minimal support or breaking layer in multi part

I am new to 3D printing, so this is probably a simple one. I am using Freecad to design and Bambu slicer for printing. The object (simple cable clip) basically consists of vertical walls with no ...
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How to improve flat, large areas over supports

I have a similar issue like this one. I'm using Cura 5.3.1, a Dremel 3D45 and PLA+ by eSun. The printings are almost perfect and repeatable. The only issue is about flat and large areas over supports. ...
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Set Model as Support - Support Settings?

I am currently trying to print an object, "model A", together with another object, "model B", that I want to use solely as a support structure. Regarding Ultimaker, I can set "...
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Avoid organic supports merging *above* parts of the model

The current 2.6.0-alpha4 version of PrusaSlicer contains "organic" supports, similar to tree supports of other slicers. One problem I am running into (and which also occurred with the ...
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How can I test if my model can be 3D printed without having a printer?

This would be my first ever 3D printing I previously worked in Sketchup to generate simple objects, mostly floor plans and various small objects mostly for visualizing and designing things. I am now ...
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How to use organic supports in the slicer?

How to use organic supports in PrusaSlicer or Cura? I heard that it is possible, but I can’t find this option in these slicers.
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Design Considerations for Large Overhangs

When designing for 3d FDM printing, I'm wondering what is best practice for items with large overhangs which cannot have (or would be fairly impractical) support structures. Consider my following ...
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0.1 mm layer height print support material always fails to print

Is there any way to increase the layer height of support material separately in Prusaslicer? When I add some supports to a model with 0.1 mm layer height, the support material also generates a smaller ...
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How would I print a non-flat surface using FDM?

So far, I have only printed with SLS printers. The results were great, but it was such a horrible mess, and precautions took so much time (gas mask, chemistry gloves, etc.) that I am now switching to ...
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Calculate Z-height at a given orientation

Does anyone know a way to calculate the Z-height and support's volume of an object at a specific orientation (specific x, y, z angles)? I am looking for an Equation/s or a Python code/s, not a slicer ...
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Layer above support is very rough

I'm attaching a picture to show my issue. I'm hoping might be an easy settings fix, or at least maybe someone has a couple suggestions I can try. I'm using an Ender 3, and the program Cura. The print ...
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References wanted for designing customized support [closed]

I am interested in references to designs which use a customized support instead of the slicer's default normal/tree support. The background is this: I am making a hubcap with a 3D logo. I do not want ...
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In Creality slicer, which settings should be adjusted to reduce the contact area between a support and an overhang?

In Creality slicer, which settings would you change to reduce the amount of surface area from the supporting structure that makes contact with overhangs on the model you are printing. For example, if ...
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Chitubox: Is it possible to place a hollow object flat on the build plate and use internal supports?

I have a bust that I want to print flat on the build plate of an Elegoo resin printer, but I want to place supports inside it without having to add a skate or raft? Is this possible, and if so how
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Lower side of print rough on personal protection print

I’m new to 3D printing and printed a few things that came out fine on my Ender 3. But when I print something like a cat protection baton, Kubota self-protection or anything that will have a “floating ...
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What is the minimum density that could be used for support?

Printing support structures often are really a mess to remove especially with higher densities. The default support density in Cura is 15% that is extremely hard to remove without damaging something, ...
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Why does part of the model come away from supports during print?

I have been trying to print the same dinosaur model for several days and all my attempts have failed in the same place. On every attempt, the tail falls off the supports. Sometimes there is a little ...
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Are there any mechanisms to determine the optimal contact depth for supports on a Resin printer?

I'm having difficulty with pitting/cratering on some of my prints when I remove supports. I've tried several different removal methods, including removing supports prior to curing, soaking my prints ...
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How thick should I make my walls for stable 3D printing on an Elegoo Saturn?

If I'm printing buildings that are about 2-3 inches high as scenery on my Elegoo Saturn, how thick should I make the walls? We're talking square boxy-type buildings with basic surface details. I don't ...
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Fill doesn't reach perimeters on supports (Simplify3D)

My Tevo Flash works well. Right now, I'm trying to print a thin, disc-like part on supports. The 3 perimeters at the edge of the disc are OK. The dense fill zigzag pattern makes many U-turns near the ...
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3D Print D&D Miniatures delicate supports

Any hints or suggestions (filament type? suggested settings? model sources?) for 3D printing minis to use in Dungeons & Dragons? I've done a couple where the support structures were difficult to ...
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Why is support printed over shell if layer preview doesn't show it?

When I check the Cura preview, then there isn't support over the shell, but when the part is printed, then there is support over the shell and it makes it look ugly. It happens only for front and back ...
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how to control fine details from overhanging part to not build upwards

I noticed that when printing small teeth on a pulley that the angle is not matching the design angle. I am printing without any support structure. Overview: Detail: Printed: The printed overhang ...
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How to accurately print a thin piece with a hole pattern

I'm quite new to 3D-printing. I need to build a curved piece with a hole pattern and I was wondering whether it was possible to print such a hole pattern accurately, with such a thin (3 mm) thickness ...
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Prusa i3 MK3S supports fail to print on bed

My printer currently has issues printing supports of multiple objects. The support gets smushed around the printbed after a while. I’ve attached a picture of the failed support. I’ve tried lowering ...
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Is there a more efficient methods of removing support in a model?

Is there a way of reducing the amount and strength of Model support when slicing in Cura? Cleaning a model with large amounts of support can consume large amounts of time.
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How to create a support structure in tinkercad?

I've created a case for my Raspberry Pi in Tinkercad and would like to 3d print it. However, I don't know how to create supports! I tried looking it up, but I got a model that I don't know how to ...
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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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Pretty ugly surface remains after using support ramp. Are my slicer settings correct?

I'm printing a object with a pretty sizable overhang. And the results, after support removal, are pretty ugly. Here is the print before support removal. And here is the final product, sigh. Finally ...
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My 3D model is printing with missing parts when sliced in Ultimaker Cura

I have been working hard the last year on the model below. I am new to everything 3D that is modeling and especially 3D printing. I have however successfully concluded quite a good number of 3D prints ...
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PET-G grid print problem

My supports 'grid' prints with empty spaces (after stoping extraction over perpendicular lines) (BTW. I have checked the direction when it appears and it has nothing to do with coastig) (the end ...
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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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Prusa slicer and support material

I usually use Slic3r 1.3 but now I'm trying the new PrusaSlicer 2.2 that offers new features. I see that PrusaSlicer creates a ...
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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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Overhanging section of part turns into spaghetti

A part I've printed (on a Monoprice Maker Select V2, sliced with Cura) has a small peg on it, which is an unsupported overhanging section of the model. The first few layers of the peg end up a mess ...
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Supports and raft hard to remove Up Mini Printer

I have an Up mini printer and the raft and supports are often really hard/seemingly impossible to remove from the model. I read that this could be because the Up prints at high temperatures, however, ...
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creating support for a surface

I created an stl file of bathymetry using Matlab and the results can be seen in the two pictures below in Blender. The problem I have is that it is very thin with overhangs. I would like to add some ...
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Cura how to fix "on air support" [duplicate]

I'm trying to generate G-code for handle in Cura. Unfortunately Cura generates wrong supports - first layer of support has now background in starts in the air (see attached files) So how to fix it? ...
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How to ease the process of removing support for miniatures

I have recently bought an Anycubic i3 Mega S 3D printer. I'm using the stock nozzle (.4 mm) and I print with the plastic it came with (ABS). I'm using ...
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