Support structures are among the most
important elements for producing 3D printed parts successfully. The most
important advantage of 3D printing is its ability to create freeform and
intricate geometries. Much of the design freedom offered by 3D printing would
be impossible without using support structures. Supports are crucial for
preventing distortion and collapse within a part, among other uses. In this
chapter, we are going to take a deep dive into the world of support systems,
the various technology specifications and how to reduce their use.
In 3d printing, which requires extrusion -
based methodology, support structure is required. The FDM (Fused Deposition
Modeling) is a typical example of this, where the support structure is only
formed when necessary during printing. The support structure necessity is
defined by the item to be printed, if the object has an overhanging form, then
a support structure is printed to serve as a foundation for the component that
needs to be printed.