Abstract – We present a new 3D printing technique that can print a horizontal plate in-mid-air by setting up pillars as support structures. Using this technique, we extend a platform and capability of fused deposition modeling printers. Our technique allows users to print a large amount of objects in one complete printing process. In addition, users can control a printer using the remote access so that our technique does not require users to remove previously printed ones. In this paper, we describe in detail a technique to print a horizontal plate in-mid-air, and implement a layout design system for effectively using our technique. We show the effectiveness of our technique by printing examples.
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3D printer, digital fabrication, platform, mass production, horizontal plate/