Why are support structures important in Additive Manufacturing?
Support structures in Additive Manufacturing are crucial to ensuring component integrity during the manufacturing process. Additive Manufacturing is done layer by layer, and parts of the component that are not supported by support structures may collapse or deform. Thus, it’s essential that the support structures provide adequate support to the component to ensure that it has the desired shape and size. Support structures can also reduce the need for post-processing and make it easier to remove components from the printer. In short, support structures have a direct impact on costs, duration, quality, and functionality in the Additive Manufacturing process chain.
A philosophical question: what supports the support structures?
That’s a thought-provoking question. One could say that the support structures are supported by the fundamental laws of physics and the nature of matter, or that they are part of a larger structure that is supported by other parts. Practically speaking, the support structures are supported by the substrate plate or build platform, which is in turn supported by the machine.
You not only master the entire range of materials sciences, but also the entire range of the piano. Where do you need more finesse?
Playing the piano involves hitting the right notes, harmonies, and volumes. During work hours, it requires coordination to manage students, projects, and tasks, and create an efficient and successful work environment. Both require a certain level of precision, but at different degrees. Although I have a good touch in both areas, I spend significantly more time working, and that is where I place my focus.