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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

Hi,

Sometimes, the blue tape comes of the acrylic build plate while printing. Not entirely, but it results in a deformed base.

I didn't had this problem before, but now I have it a lot. I'm using the stock blue 3M tape.

Is there a (safe) way to clean / de-grease the build platform to make sure the blue tape sticks?

Thanks.

 

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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

Isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) should work fine. Getting a wider tape could help as well.

 

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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

Thanks, will try the alcohol if I can get my hands on it.

Would "ether" (Diethyl ether) do the job as well? It is used by medical people (and a lot of house holdings have it in their medical box) to remove bandage adhesive from skin.

 

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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

The isopropyl alcohol works fine but its definitely worth the effort to experiment with different brands of tape. I use a wide paper based tape for objects of small diameter that I want to get off without re doing the bed all the time. Sometimes I even use one kind of tape on top of another or I apply them crossed over each other. You have to make slight adjustments to bed height for different tapes. I usually do this on the fly.

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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

isopropyl alcohol is sold anywhere bandages are sold. Such as a drugstore. Next to the bandages. People use it to clean/disinfect wounds and cuts.

As everyone else said: use wider tape. The tape that comes with the UM is much too narrow. I use 2 inch (50mm). Some people use 8 inch (200mm)! That way you only need one piece. The wider tape is held down over more surface area and harder for your print to lift it off the bed.

 

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Posted · Blue tape comes lose

Thanks for the info about the tape, I'll see what I can get in the local hardware store.

But just for information: the Ether is doing it's job very well, the tape sticks as it should be, and the acrylic plate is not harmed in any way by it. It shines like a mirror :-)

 

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