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I usually use painters tape and or sometimes the glue / hairspray method to keep prints adhered to the bed.

Well I didn't want to use the tape and I did not have any of the other two options.

I do not know if this has been done before., but:

I made a mix of sugar and water, approx 50/50 or near saturation where sugar crystals were completely dissolved. I then spread the sugary water with a paper towel over a warmed bed. The water evaporated leaving a nice washable very sticky surface. I printed some larger & smaller prints with ABS with good results.

Update: I found that after I let the mix sit for a few days it made a thick syrup like consistancy. I then used this on the warmed bed. The Sugar then solidified evenly and smoothly on the bed.

I thought it should be shared as it could help someone in a bind one day :)..



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So far I have used ABS, Nylon and PLA, Also used some rubber type filament.

You will have to play with the mixture, I did about 50/50 mix of sugar/hotwater (Hot water near boil, from water cooler).. Then I put it on a warmed bed applying by dipping a paper towel in the mix. For me it made about the same coverage consistency as a glue stick, possibly even thinner/smoother.


@Cleven - great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Have you tried any other materials? I'm experiencing adhesion problems with ColorFabb's NGEN and I will definitely try a splash of "Cleven's Potion" later on this week. ;-)


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Added update, I found that after I let the mix sit for a few days it made more of a syrup . I been using this consistency now with very good results. No water drop dots of sugar and more of a smooth covering when dried.

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Good to hear!

I have also been having great success, been using/testing it all week with different mixes (basically my mix is thickening/drying up i keep using it :D) . I am pleased so far :). It cleans up nice, and a light wet clean/smear over resets the entire thing without really needing to add much more if at all :)


First test with NGEN and a 50/50 sugar mix. So far, so good. Great idea, Cleven!


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