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Re: Tree support

Tue May 01, 2018 10:38 am

Should have been added to 4.0

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Re: Tree support

Mon May 14, 2018 11:17 am

I think he means where the supports themselves look like trees. I think it would be a nice feature!

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Re: Tree Supports

Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:35 am

+1 for tree supports, they would be extremely useful.

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:53 pm

I have a different take on this:

In my experience the tree supports are not reliable and break on prints. They also dramatically increase the number of retractions needed to print all those islands and slow down prints. They are ideally suited for SLA which is where they are mostly deployed. (See formlabs slicer for an example)

I print a lot of large parts and throw away a lot of support material. I think a graduated approach would replicate the tree structure in a FDM friendly way. For example, assume 100 layers between the print bed and the first bit of the model that needs to be printed. I setup 3 dense infill layers at 80% infill, 2 base layers, and a 10% default support material. A control like what is currently available for the Temperature settings would be ideal for this with gradual transitions from the various infill levels being applied automatically.

Layer 3 - 10%
Layer 80 - 10%
Layer 90 - 60%

The support would print at 10% and then over layer 80 - 90 it would gradually increase from 10% to 60% giving my dense support layers a nice base to print onto. With this approach very sparse latices could be created without requiring extreme bridges for the dense infill.

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:44 pm

+1 for this Feature!

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am

I too +1 this requests. Tree supports would dramatically change supports in S3D

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:52 pm

Please note that all these examples show it being used in SLA printing and not FFF/FDM.
Personal Printer: Replicator 2
Yeah... I need to upgrade...

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:37 pm

+1 for tree supports. I would go one step further and ask for "smart supports". S3D is weak in the calculation and placement of supports. For example, take the case of a recessed hole for a bolt. When the recess originates at the build plate (bottom) there will be a smaller hole in the roof above. The squiggles that are generated are not in consideration of the geometry of the hole, they are squiggles. An "x" would be much better with the center of the "x" aligning with the center of the bolt hole.

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Re: Feature Request: Better support generation

Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:13 pm

+! to tree supports and better support generation.

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