Trying out Skeinforge Support Material

This is a quick photoblog and a video to document my first experience with using the support material options in Skeinforge. This was on my Makerbot Thing-o-Matic with a MakerGear stepper extruder, 0.35mm nozzle, and aluminum/kapton heated build platform.

The model I’m printing is Yoshi, the familiar Nintendo character. I cleaned up and subdivided the original low-poly model in Blender, ran it through the Netfabb cloud for good measure, then ran it through Skeinforge 35 via a fresh ReplicatorG built out of the git repository. I’m printing raftless using an 0.3mm layer height. No Comb, and definitely no Oozebane. But the awesome newish Reversal and Outline plugins are your friends. I’m using full support crosshatch, with a minimum support angle of 46 degrees, a flow rate of 75%, and gap ratio of 1.5.

There’s a video below, to give you a better idea of the material properties of the support crosshatch. I apologize in advance for my coarse voice in the narration, I’m just getting over a cold :(

Preparing the Model

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After four hours of printing…

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Cleanup

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(Video on YouTube)

Results

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