Supports

In Voxelizer you are able to use four different kinds of support:

  • SIMPLE: this is the traditional support composed of parallel vertical walls. There are two default presets available for this kind of support, depending on the density of the structure: light and dense. It can be used for most types of models but you will have to find the right settings (in the relative Support tab) for your specific model.

Here there are some tips:

  • Try to use a low (40%) filament amount to increase the ease of removal.
  • The support_infill_angle parameter may make the difference between a failed and a successful print. Try to change the orientation of your support, so that it is perpendicular to the extrusion lines of your model.
  • If your Light and Dense support don’t stick well to the bed adding the power-raft may solve the problem (or re-calibrate your printer).  

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  • OUTLINE and OUTLINE & INFILL: this support follows the outline of the supported areas, creating a solid structure. It can be with or without infill. This method is best suited to support simple and homogeneous surfaces.The related default presets are solid and solid PVA (when you use soluble material for the support).

Other considerations:

  • If you reduced the Filament amount parameter, you can also reduce the Support offset parameter (to 0.2 / 0.3 mm). This will give better support the model and it will also be easy to remove.
  • If you use Solid support, you can assign a custom Durability preset to it by right-clicking on it. This makes it possible to set Durability to Strong but use a Light support which has a small infill which makes the supports easier to remove. This allows for a great versatility in combinations of strength and support based on your specific model.

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  • TREE: the tree support will generate a tree like structure to support your model. It is best suited for complicated and fragile models. It also usually allows you  to save material compared with the other types of support. You can edit the branch thickness in the preset parameters.

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  • LATTICE: if the previous supports failed at properly supporting your model, you can try the lattice support. This will generate a complex structure that provides minimum impact on the model while guaranteeing maximum support. This type of support is extremely slow to print so you will want to use it only in special cases where it is necessary..

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For further tricks on how to use the support, see our tutorial: Advanced support and voxel transformations.