We looked at another option for ensuring your 3D prints stick to the print surface: the Zinomat.
There’s a few of these types of solutions available now, and we’re wondering how these companies will continue to differentiate from each other. One of the newest entrants is Zinomat from 3DSVP. All such solutions attempt to prevent the annoying issue of failed prints when the bottom layer of a model detaches from the print surface.
3DSVP is a Netherlands-based company, as so many 3D printing companies are these days. Their main product, which launched just a couple of weeks ago is the Zinomat. It’s a replacement print surface that removes the need for blue painter’s tape, glue sticks, kapton and hairspray. Just simply print directly on this surface and both ABS and PLA plastics will easily stick.
The Zinomat comes in a single 260 x 220mm, which you would trim down to fit your specific 3D printer. We’re told they will be coming out with a 300 x 300mm version for larger beds soon. Here we see one installed on an Ultimaker 2.
The surface itself is slightly rough, which aids in sticking. We should also say the Zinomat works on heated beds as well as cold beds.
Printing is easy, but what about removing the print? The Zinomat uses magnets to stick onto your printer’s existing bed, which permits it to be easily removed after printing completes. Then you simply twist the Zinomat and your prints should normally pop off cleanly.
The company tells us they’ve successfully printed over 150 times on a single plate, so it seems the Zinomat could be long-lived.
They’re working on a solution for 3D printing nylon, and when asked whether they support ColorFabb’s unusual Amphora material, they currently do not.
The Zinomat is available now for a price around USD$40 each.