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Posted · Textured Heat Bed

I recently purchased an Ultimaker S3 and so far have been blown away with the quality of the prints. Thus far I have only used the provided glass heating bed for all my prints and as a result my bottom layer is always very shiny and smooth. I am now trying to get a more matte and textured look on my first layer. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or 3rd party heat beds that I can use to get this effect. I was told that by putting some blue painters tape on the heat bed I could possibly get this to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 

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    Blue tape works great.  Lower the heat even more or just turn it off.  The most important thing though is to wash the painters tape with isopropyl alcohol.  This removes the non-stick wax coating that keeps the tape from sticking to itself.  And keeps parts from sticking very well to the tape.


    Just a few seconds with rubbing alcohol is all you need.  Just a single tissue, with maybe a teaspoon of IPA will clean the whole S3 print bed.

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