Adding supports to your 3d print in CraftWare
Are your 3d prints growing a beard? This might sound like the most silly question ever, but for someone who has tried to print a bit more complex model without using supports it might make sense.
CraftBot PLUS has great bridging capabilities, and with the right materials and settings provided it manages overhangs (those steep parts of your prints without anything holding them up from below) fantastic, but printing in thin air is such magic that not even CraftBot is capable of.
Luckily our slicer program CraftWare (which can be downloaded from craftunique.com for free) has some easy built-in support managing features.
First load your object, set its desired size and orientation, and place it on the virtual buildplate. Then, click “Supports” on the right hand side to open up the support editor.
By adjusting the “Minimum surface steepness” field, you can tell CraftWare by which steepness of the surface you want it to use supports, and the program will even highlight those areas that might need support. You can crank it up as high as 90° which means, that not even completely horizontal surfaces will be provided with support.
We recommend setting about 65-70° which will print fine in most cases. Once you’re satisfied, you can either hit “Auto-Generate Support” which will do the job for you, or if you have some special needs, or simply know it better, you can place the supports directly on the model with a few clicks. You might even set the thickness of the support bars if you’d like to.
Our featured image is from vs.hu’s article about CraftBot.