Apparently, when you properly arrange objects in an STL for printing at once, you can do so in such a way as to eliminate the need for support structures! Not only is this a clever use of limited build space, but it also conserves plastic while allowing printing of ever more intricate designs.
PieterNr1′s Simple Hinge above is the first object I’ve seen to use this technique. It appears from the photograph that there is some slight drooping underneath the top two ledges – but I’m guessing this isn’t enough to interfere with proper operation. Looking at his implementation of this technique, I have to wonder whether it could be used to print some of the various tracks and treads under development on Thingiverse.
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