Making Prints Stick: Some Tips

By on November 14th, 2013 in learning, research


The folks at ProtoParadigm have produced a terrific list of tips on how to reduce or eliminate the deadly warping effect that plagues personal 3D printers. 
There’s nothing worse than discovering a time-consuming mess caused by a print that lifted off the bed. The warping itself isn’t such a problem; it’s that the warping can often be so severe that the print detaches from the print bed, tipping over and failing the job. 
ProtoParadigm’s advice includes a number of mechanical suggestions, such as ensuring your print bed is perfectly level and clean or adjusting first-layer speeds and heights. But they also explore the use of hair spray as a temporary adhesive. 
Use of adhesives is not just a hacker’s solution; 3D Systems uses it extensively in their Cube and CubeX personal 3D printers. 
Here’s ProtoParadigm’s take on hair spray: 
Yes, hair spray works for improving adhesion.  A very modest application can do wonders.  An over-application can create a bond strong enough that the object may be very difficult to remove, especially if you’re printing directly on your build surface without tape. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!