Getting Started with Supports

I have had a lot of success with my new Taz 5 and wanted to start printing some models with supports. When I am using Cura: Lulzbot Edition I see there is a check box to select supports. It looks like the model is gets updated when this happens but there is no evidence of supports being added. Am I supposed to see something? What needs to be done in Cura to get supports added?

I was also going to try Slic3r but realized there were no profiles for my 0.5 mm Taz 5 on the Lulzbot website. Is there a profile file out there I could use?

Right click on the icon on the right side of the widow that says ‘Show Model’, it will pop-up a list of selections and you want ‘layers’.

I like to set my x / y support offset to 1 mm. It keeps the supports from bonding to the part, making them easier to remove.

Where do you set that? My son and I bought our TAZ5 yesterday and our first print needed supports - and they are a PAIN in the ass to remove. I’m an old Makerbot owner (old wooden piece of crap) and the supports that printed were much easier, they practically just fell offy. The thing we printed last night, I had to literally pry the supports off with a pair of pliers and a LOT of elbow grease. And there is still a ton stuck to the bottom.

In fact the #1 reason I just signed up on these forums was to see if there was a better way to do supports. Any help is appreciated.

If using Cura, click the “…” next to “Support type: Everywhere”.

If you are in quickprint, you won’t be able to adjust the support settings. If that is the case, you have to first switch to “full settings” from the “expert” menu item. You will be asked if you want to transfer the quickprint defaults – set the correct filament type in quickprint then answer “yes” to that popup.

This is what you should see after clicking the three dots. Note that you can have 3 types of support with the dropdown just to the left – none, touching buildplate, everywhere. If you hover over that dropdown you’ll get an explanatory tooltip. I tend to like my supports set farther away than the defaults because it scars less (but supports less):


To the original poster, this is what you see when you are in layer view – the blue is support:

A visuals representation of the support types, excluding none (support in blue):

Touching Buildplate:


Everywhere: