Optimizing the Support Material


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optimizing the support material

This article is part of our guide on how to perfect the brackets. If you want to know more about perfecting support structures or have missed any of the articles that make up this guide, visit the links below: 

Improve supports

Optimize support material

How to properly configure and print the supports


There are several ways to save material and time when printing supports. The following tips will help you with this task.


Table of contents

Orient the model to reduce supports 

Support interface

Divide the model into several parts

Infill gradual steps and steps height

Positioning the Model to Reduce Supports 

improve orientation of the piece to reduce the usage of supports

The base of the model and the cantilever angle influence the amount of supports that are generated. The most recommended positioning is to use the face of the model where most of the details grow in the direction of the Z-axis as a base.


Click on the following article to learn more about how to position your models: Orientation matters

Support interface

support interface

One way to save support material and printing time is by configuring the media interface. The support will be made of two parts, the support base, which will be made of the same materials as the part, and the material surface, which will be in contact with the part and will be made of soluble material.   


In this guide, we explain how to configure the support interface: Optimize water-soluble materials

Dividing the Model into Several Parts

dividing the piece in several parts

Dividing the model into parts that do not require supports to be printed is an excellent solution to save material. In this article, we explain how you can cut the model from the design program:  Split the model in multiple parts.

Infill gradual steps and step height

To reduce the amount of material needed to build the support, infill steps can be used. This causes the support structure to vary in density as they approach the printing surface, having half the density for each step.  

stepped infill examples

It is recommended that the steps have a minimum height of 3mm to prevent the supports from breaking.


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