Custom Profiles: Support



    This setting turns support structures on and off. When doSupport is set to "false", all support-related settings will be ignored.



    Set “doBreakwaySupport” to “true” to print with an easier to remove style of support.



    Backlash on the Z axis can cause defects near the tops of breakaway support structures on the MakerBot Replicator Mini and the Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator. The setting allows you to compensate for the specified amount of backlash. This setting is not recommended for use with the MakerBot Replicator Mini, as it has not been found to be effective. 



    When "doSupportUnderBridges" is set to "false," no support will be generated under anything that qualifies as a bridge according to the "bridgeMaximumLength" setting. When it is set to "true," support is generated normally, with no exceptions for bridges of any length.



    doMixedSupport is used to determine how support structures are printed on MakerBot 3D printers with dual extruders. When "doMixedSupport" is set to "true," any given portion of an object's supports will be printed by the same extruder as the part of the object that it touches. That means that on a dual extrusion print, different parts of the support structures may be printed by different extruders, while on a single extrusion print, the supports will always be printed by the same extruder as the object. When "doMixedSupport" is set to "false," the extruder specified in the "defaultSupportMaterial" setting will be used to print all support structures. Setting "doMixedSupport" to true is equivalent to selecting "Color-Matched" from the Supports drop-down menu in the Settings dialog.


    Integer, [0,1]

    This setting determines the default extruder used to build support structures. This setting is only used when "doMixedSupport" is set to "false." On a machine with dual extruders, 0 is the right toolhead and 1 is the left toolhead. On a machine with a single extruder, the single toolhead is 0.



    When set to "true," "supportAligned" forces all support layers to run in the same direction. When set to "false," the lines of extrusion on each layer will be rotated 90 degrees from the previous layer. When "doBreakawaySupport" is set to "true," this setting will be ignored.



    When "supportLeakyConnections" is set to "false," the extruder will continue to extrude plastic when moving between two support segments. When "supportLeakyConnections" is set to "true," the extruder will not extrude plastic during these travel moves, but will also not retract any filament. This will cause thin, stringy connections between sections of the support structures, making them strong enough to hold together well, but fragile enough to be easily removable.


    Decimal, [0,1]

    Each support layer forms a series of zigzagging lines. A support density of 1.0 will result in solid support structures, with each new line segment printed directly alongside the previous one. A lower density will result in more widely spaced lines.



    This setting allows support structures to extend beyond the outline of your object. Support structures will be extended on all sides by the amount set here.



    Support structures will be built under overhangs where the angle is a greater number of degrees from the vertical than the value set here.



    This setting defines the distance, in millimeters, between the outer shell of the object and the support structures. Support structures closer to the object might be harder to remove when the build is complete. Support structures farther away from the object might provide less support.



    This setting defines the horizontal distance between your model and the top layer of an individual support structure. This allows you to have the top layer come closer to your model than the rest of the structure, supporting the model better while keeping support easy to remove. If this value is significantly smaller than the value set in supportModelSpacing, the next layer down may not fully support the top layer. This setting works best when “doBreakawaySupport” is set to “true.”



    When "supportExcessive" is set to "true", support material will surround areas that need support, as in early versions of the MakerBot Slicer. When "supportExcessive" is set to "false," the MakerBot Slicer will use minimal support, adding support structures only under the specific areas that need them. 

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