Forget to generate support material for your 3D printed part? Already a few hours in? Don’t cancel the print — you might be able to save it!
[Dr Dawes] was printing a bunch of different parts for students in his electronics class. He slipped up and forgot to add support material to the one part that needed it. Figuring this out a few hours in, he didn’t have time to cancel the job and lose all the prints, so he made the best of the situation and paused the print to build his own support material. He ended up taping down index cards to the bed around his object until they reached layer 13 — the layer that would have started to bridge across the support material had he included it in his Octoprint settings.
Cautiously, he resumed the print. It worked.
We wonder if this technique could also be used on purpose to replace printed supports when making a series of the same object. Do you have any good 3D printing tips and tricks you’ve learned over the years? We’d love to hear them! Send us a tip, and we might do a compilation piece! For example, designing for fasteners can make 3D printed assemblies much quicker to build!