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FDM and 3D printing support material explained


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This is really good and clear information. I do have a question though...

Are you working with 3 materials?

1. the print material

2. the base support material

3. other support material (that fills spaces between other levels in the model)

Or .. are 2 and 3 the same material?

Or... are 1 and 3 the same material in different consitencies?

I ask, because I got the impression from the forum that there was some mention of a powdery support material.

-Whystler
#1 T. Shawn Johnson on 2008-09-22 16:25 (Reply)
In this post I talk about two materials: the print material and the support material. The support material supports the model and fills in spaces that need to be filled in. There is no other support material. This post does deal with the FDM process though.

The SLS process(for our White, Strong & Flexible material)is itself a powdery substance, so for this SLS the support material would be powdery.
#2 joris on 2008-09-22 16:39 (Reply)
OK, I see. That's where I'm hearing about powder. Now i understand. Which materials does the FDM process create? The white detail and transparent detail?

-Whystler
#3 Anonymous on 2008-09-22 18:23 (Reply)
FDM creates our Cream Robust material.
#3.1 Joris Peels on 2008-09-23 08:10 (Reply)
Thanks for your exposé!

I 'm interested in using a FDM technique with a soluble support material.
Can you tell me which options I have: methods, suppliers?

Thanks!

Niels van der Stappen
#4 Niels van der Stappen (Homepage) on 2010-06-21 09:50 (Reply)
Does anyone know what the Dimension soluble support material actually is? Is it some type of acetate?
#5 James Page on 2011-03-28 18:11 (Reply)

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