This category explains what happens in the Analysis step of preparing a model and how the program indicates that the project has poorly designed parts. Also, you can see what ways of adding the support structures are possible in the Z-SUITE 2.0.
The Z-SUITE 2.0 checks whether the model has walls which are too thin to be printed. If, after the Analysis step, your model has a section marked red, it’s a sign that there are walls thinner than 0.4mm and, due to the minimum wall thickness requirements of Zortrax printers, may not be printed at all.
Once you generate the .zcode, those non-printable structures won’t be included in the preview.
If you encounter problems with too thin walls but you don’t want to give up on 3D printing this particular model, use special software for designing 3D models to correct its structure prior to loading the model into the Z-SUITE 2.0.
This step is optional – if you’re sure your model is well-designed, you can move on to the next step.
To add automatic support structures to your model, all you have to do is set the angle at which the support will be generated.
The default setting for the automatic support is 20°. It means that for overhanging parts of the model the support structure will be generated at an angle of 20°.
Apart from the automatic option, there is a manual support editing option which makes it possible to add and remove the support structures.
There are three types of support which you can generate: EDGE, POINT, TRIANGLE. You are now able to add the support along the edges of overhanging parts of your model (edge type) or at any selected place on your model (point type). With both these types you can also set the thickness of the added structure. The triangle type automatically adjusts the support to the chosen triangle on the surface of the model. Just select a place on your model (edge, point or triangle) and click on it to add the support.
Similarly, you can remove some of misplaced or redundant supports, even those generated automatically, all at once or individually.