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Printing with support

This resource is for the slightly more advanced. It introduces the idea of printing using support material for more difficult or complex objects


The full PDF file can be downloaded from…



  1. Anonymous says:

    This file does not “need” support material; it could easily printed upside down faster and, achieving a better finish and without wasting material. So not a good example.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Kim, thanks for the comment (you are the first person to comment on my blog, so I’m really pleased that this proves people actually view it 🙂 )
    You are 100% correct, yes the part could very easily be printed upside down or on it’s side without support. I just wanted to illustrate in as simple a way as possible that 3D printers can’t print in mid air (overhangs and holes causing the most “grief”… i.e. showing the principal rather than real life situations). I now have access to a dual head printer and when I finish building it I will hopefully update the pdf file with some more real examples.
    Comments/feedback like yours are really appreciated, it helps “keep me on my toes” and will help improve the quality of the Teaching/Learning resources for students all over the world… so keep them coming.
    Thanks again,

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