Generating the supports - BCN3D Stratos

 


                                                          

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Table of Contents:

Support extruder

Support placement

Support overhang angle

Support pattern

Support density

Support Z distance

Support X/Y distance

 


Support extruder

support extruder

Using this parameter you can choose the extruder that prints the support material and also the parts of the structure that will be printed. This parameter is divided into the following options:

 

Support infill extruder

First layer support extruder

Support interface extruder

Support roof extruder

Support floor extruder


Support placement

support placementconfiguring support placement

 

This option allows you to indicate where the supports will be generated. Contains the following options:

Touching the printing surface: the support material is only printed on the printing surface.

Everywhere: supports are generated under all areas of the model that require support.

 

Recommendations:

Materials

PVA | BVOH    As they are soluble materials, the supports can be printed everywhere.


Support overhang angle

support overhang angleconfiguring support overhang angle

 

It is the minimum angle from where all overhangs will have supports.

  • 0º will make all the overhangs have support
  • 90º will not generate any supports

 

Recommendations:

Materials  

Tough PLA  PLA | PET-G  TPU

As they are materials with low printing temperatures and that can use the layer fan, the minimum printable angle is 60º
PA | PP | ABS

The minimum printable angle for these materials is 50º due to their high thermal needs to be printed.

PAHT CF15

PP GF30

Thanks to the fibers that these materials have, overhangs can be printed with better angles than their versions with fibers, up to 55º.

Hotends

 

0.8 | 1mm

it is advisable to reduce the overhang angle by 5º.


Support pattern

support pattern

types of support pattern

There are different patterns for printing the supports. Patterns influence the quality of the support, making it stronger or easier to remove.

Recommended patterns:

Grid:  indicated for water-soluble materials such as PVA and BVOH. It generates highly resistant structures that are easy to dissolve.


Zig Zag:  recommended for non-water soluble materials. The structure is not very resistant but very easy to remove, leaving minimal details with the contact surface.


Support density

support density

examples of support density

It is the amount of material used to fill the supporting structures. Higher density means stronger supports but is also more difficult to remove.


Support Z Distance

support z distanceexample of support z distance parameter

 

With this parameter, you can configure the distance between the supports and the model along the Z-axis. This is divided into two options:

Top distance: it is defined as the distance between the top of the support and the pieces.

Bottom distance: is the distance between the bottom of the support and the part.


Distance support in X/Y 

support x/y distance

Allows you to adjust the space between the supports and the piece in the X and Y directions. Increasing this value prevents the support structure from mixing with the walls of the piece that do not require support.

 
 

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It's important to keep your printer in good shape to make the most out of it. In this chart, you can find a list of the extruder maintenance procedures and how frequently these should be done. 

Maintenance Plan (Epsilon Series)

Maintenance Plan (Sigma Series)

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Maintenance Plan (BCN3D Sigma)

 

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