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Tips on Reducing Support Material

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Does anyone have any suggestions for how to print/ modify this surface so that less support is required? Is that possible? Maybe I could model support legs instead of using the automated support? Maybe I could use the 45 degree threshold angle like I have done on the surface above this?

 

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If the automatic supports are not suitable, you could design your own. Copy the bottom layer and move it down a little bit, and turn it into a thin plate sitting just below the bottom surface. This will support the bottom layer. And then build a sort of tree-shape scaffold from that plate towards the floor.

 

If your printer has support material (UM3; S5), then you can make the supports in the same as the rest (PLA?), and only make a thin separation layer between support scaffold and real model in PVA.

 

Thus a combination of these ideas:

 

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