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Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

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Posted (edited) · Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

I'm new to Cura. I'm slicing a model with a 5mm horizontal hole, and using supports at around 55 degrees.  I tried the default setting for zig-zag for 0.3mm layer height and 0.4mm nozzle, 15% density, but there is a 3 layer gap in the support so that 50% of it is floating in the air.  Is this normal behavior?

I tried switching to line support, and adjusted the density to 20-25% to try to get the line in the center of the hole.  Off to the side, another line is generated which has part of it floating in the air too, by 1 layer.

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Posted · Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

I did a little more testing.  With zig-zag set to 10% density, I was able to get rid of the floating support layers, but unfortunately it's an enclosed rectangle.  I was expecting at least 1 side to be open to that it's easier to break it loose.

I also tested the line support, changing the density by 1% increments and each time gives really unexpected results of floating supports with missing layers.  Only a few gave satisfactory results without missing support layers, but I could only do it with 1 line.  Whenever there are 2 lines, the second one always has missing layers.

 

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Posted · Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

This happens to me a lot too. If this happens, I normally just manually add supports on Tinkercad, or if that's too much work, I just don't do that model. I can't find a way to stop those lines, though, except for increasing the support line distance.

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Posted (edited) · Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

Well, I assume these floating supports will risk print failure from dragging loose strands or sagging overhangs if someone isn't careful and paying attention to how Cura is generating them.

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Posted · Why is there a 3 layer gap in support for horizontal hole?

Simply block support for this hole, is not necessary.

 

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