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10. Path Modifiers

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Book Chapter
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Page Numbers
137 to 148
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Toolpaths for additive manufacturing are typically broken into three types: closed-loop, open-loop, and space-filling. Each of these toolpaths serve a specific purpose and are often used in combination to construct an object. The standard implementation of each toolpath commands a constant motion speed and extrusion rate throughout the length of the path. The 3D printer will then make any necessary adjustments during interpolation of the motion, such as accelerating and decelerating when traversing a corner. However, sometimes more finite control and additional pathing can be needed to ensure the successful printing of a path. This chapter will outline path modifiers and how they can be used to enhance the printability of a toolpath by modifying parameters or adding segments.