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3-D Printer Support material

Question asked by Kelson Lachance on Aug 13, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 13, 2015 by Kelson Lachance

We would like to automate the process of determining the prototype part costing within Solidworks.  One issue is calculating the amount of support material used. I would like to calculate this directly in Solidworks.


Are there some tricks or tips with regards to figuring this out quickly?  Just looking for some general feedback with regards to approach.  If there is a simple approach the long term goal would be to write a macro to fully automate this.  The parts we deal with can be complex plastics.  There will be pass through, and over-hangs.   I think Creo might have this functionality (and I don't mean that as a jab).


I have looked on line, and don't seem to find much information on this.  I am surprised as I thought this would be a common concern.  I have asked similar question on API but I thought I should step back and see if I am missing something with regards to approach.