Skeinforge Skirt

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Skirt is a plugin to give the extruder some extra time to begin extruding properly before beginning the object, and to put a baffle around the model in order to keep the extrusion warm.

It is loosely based on Lenbook's outline plugin:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4918

it is also loosely based on the outline that Nophead sometimes uses:

http://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/2010/01/hot-metal-and-serendipity.html

and also loosely based on the baffles that Nophead made to keep corners warm:

http://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/2010/09/some-corners-like-it-hot.html

If you want only an outline, set 'Layers To' to one. This gives the extruder some extra time to begin extruding properly before beginning your object, and gives you an early verification of where your object will be extruded.

If you also want an insulating skirt around the entire object, set 'Layers To' to a huge number, like 912345678. This will additionally make an insulating baffle around the object; to prevent moving air from cooling the object, which increases warping, especially in corners.

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Operation

The default 'Activate Skirt' checkbox is off. When it is on, the functions described below will work, when it is off, nothing will be done.

Settings

Convex

Default is on.

When selected, the skirt will be convex, going around the model with only convex angles. If convex is not selected, the skirt will hug the model, going into every nook and cranny.

Gap over Perimeter Width

Default is three.

Defines the ratio of the gap between the object and the skirt over the perimeter width. If the ratio is too low, the skirt will connect to the object, if the ratio is too high, the skirt willl not provide much insulation for the object.

Layers To

Default is a one.

Defines the number of layers of the skirt. If you want only an outline, set 'Layers To' to one. If you want an insulating skirt around the entire object, set 'Layers To' to a huge number, like 912345678.


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