Print with supports
Two-head printing using HIPS-20
A helmet model made for one of our clients perfectly illustrates the capabilities of a two-head printer.
‘The use of supports in industrial 3D printing is essential to create objects with an ideal geometric representation.’
Printing in FFF technology involves placing layer upon layer of material. In the absence of a suitable support, where the surface of the model is parallel to the surface of the table, the thermoplastic material will slowly fall down. To successfully print objects with overhangs, professional 3D printers are equipped with two print heads. The first prints the object and the second produces the support that guarantees its geometry. The support is finally torn away and it is the only material waste in this additive technology.
By using two heads, it is also possible to build supports from a different material than the main filament from which
the object is made. This solution allows support material to be easily removed in the 3D printing process.
The helmet was printed from ABS-42, while the supports were made of filaments used by OMNI3D as support material – HIPS-20. HIPS perfectly separates from the main surface of a model, leaving no traces.
3D printers are able to handle objects with angles of inclination to the working table up to 45 degrees. But what about more complicated models? Use of supports in industrial 3D printing is essential.
Simplify3D software (Factory 2.0 compatible) defines supports automatically. You can correct them, depending on your needs and experience.
|PRINT TIME||38 h|
|MATERIAL||ABS-42 + HIPS-20|
|MATERIAL COST||42 EUR|
|THE LONGEST ELEMENT||370 mm|
|WEIGHT||380 g ABS + 380 g HIPS|