Ideamaker not recognizing bridges

I’m getting to like Ideamaker, but for the life of me I can’t make it recognize a bridge. To make it as simple as possible I created a model - 2 20mm square pillars 10mm tall, 35mm apart. next I placed a 75mm x 20mm x .25mm thick rectangle on top. kicked it out as an STL and into Ideamaker - nothing I do causes Ideamaker to recognize it as a bridge. The same model works fine in S3d. What am I missing?? Been to the Raise forum, seems like there’s similar questions there but no real answers. I know it can be done Makes’nBreaks has a video where he tunes his bridging, but doesn’t really go into how to make the bridge recognizable.

There is probably a bridging length limit.

If e.g. set to 10mm the slicer will create support pillars starting with a length of 10.1mm. 20mm is already a huge gap, so I think the max bridging limit is set lower.

@Chandler, I just watch Joe’s video on bridging. From what I saw, it seemed as though you have to enable the features that Joe enabled in order for IM to do bridging. As a suggestion, why not follow Joe’s video step by step & see if that helps?

That’s strange @Chandler. I’m experimenting with IM, so I’ll keep an eye on it.

Solved It!

Guys, Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it. This was my first post here and I really didn’t know what to expect, this seems like a friendly, helpful place!

I ended up creating a different filament profile using IdeaMaker’s profile generator (I think this might be kinda new) rather than using one of their existing profiles and tweaking it for my machine and filament. Still not quite sure what setting is different between the new profile and the one I was using before, I’ll look into that and see if I can solve it. My original profiles printed fine except for bridging.

The bridging looks awesome - does exactly what you’d expect a bridge to do!

Thanks again


Excellent @Chandler. And thanks for the tip. I may end up using the generator. We both learned something. Now on to making things. :slight_smile: