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Posted · How to print this part?

I'm looking for a bit of help from the community with suggestions for the best way to print this part.

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I've tried printing it laid down on the build platform but it uses a lot of support material and it doesn't print well at all. I thought I'd solved the problem by printing on its end but as it got to the top of the print it became too unstable, rocked around too much and failed.

I don't know if anyone has any suggestions for the best orientation to print this but I'd be most grateful for any ideas/suggestions that anyone may have.

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    Posted · How to print this part?

    Print two (one flipped by 180°). Orientation as on the first image. Connect the long edges of the parts with walls that are slightly thicker than your nozzle (to make sure they get printed, check in layer view). That way you end up with a symmetric and closed cross section. The support walls need to be machined of.

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    Posted · How to print this part?

    I completely agree with Kris. That's going to get you the minimum amount of parts needing support. You might also want to turn on the brim feature under Platform Adhesion--since you don't have much surface area holding it to the bed (even with supports), turning your brim on should help stabilize it.

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    Posted · How to print this part?

    I would use raft too (+ the information from kris), not brim.

    Tall objects with small touching surface to the heated bed will be ripped of even with brim (that's my experience). Raft will keep it stuck to the platform if your bed leveling and adhesion is ok!

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    Posted · How to print this part?

    Or open it in mesh maker and add some support beams onto orientation 1

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    Posted · How to print this part?

    Or open it in mesh maker and add some support beams onto orientation 1

     

    Thanks for this. I'd never used Meshmixer (I presume you meant Meshmixer and not meshmaker) before but a quick YouTube search and I was able to add additional supports and have managed to print the part. Many thanks. :)

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    Posted · How to print this part?

     

    Or open it in mesh maker and add some support beams onto orientation 1

     

    Thanks for this. I'd never used Meshmixer (I presume you meant Meshmixer and not meshmaker) before but a quick YouTube search and I was able to add additional supports and have managed to print the part. Many thanks. :)

     

    Yeah my bad! Can you show us the supports you made and the print itself :)?

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    Or open it in mesh maker and add some support beams onto orientation 1

     

    Thanks for this. I'd never used Meshmixer (I presume you meant Meshmixer and not meshmaker) before but a quick YouTube search and I was able to add additional supports and have managed to print the part. Many thanks. :)

     

    Yeah my bad! Can you show us the supports you made and the print itself :)?

     

    Sure, here you go.

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    I added the supports to hold the part as it was wobbling around too much. When I tried printing the part the first it didn't print with any support for the top of the part, although it did print support for the bottom of the part (I'm not sure why). When I reprinted them with my added extra supports it also printed support for the top of the part however, the added extra supports were still necessary.

    They didn't print fantastically but I think that that was more to do with my layer height settings and speed but I'm glad to get them out of the way and can now move on and print the next parts I need.

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    Thanks again for your help, it was most appreciated.

    Chris

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