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9. Support, Raft, Brim, and Skirt Pathing

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Book Chapter
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Page Numbers
123 to 135
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

The previous chapters discussed the primary path types in additive manufacturing: perimeter, inset, skeleton, skin, and infill. In addition to those distinct primary path types, regions of primary paths can be assigned secondary path types: support, raft, brim, and skirt. Support paths are used to enable the printing of features that would otherwise have nothing underneath to print atop, such as overhangs. Raft paths are used to level the build plate and provide a flat surface on which to construct the object. Brim toolpaths are used to increase the footprint of the object to improve bed adhesion and reduce first layer delamination. The last path type, the skirt, is used to prime the extruder at the start of the print. These four types of path regions are created using a combination of closed-loop, open-loop, and space-filling toolpaths. This chapter will discuss how to find and generate the pathing for each region.