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UM1 what is the build plate made of?

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Posted · UM1 what is the build plate made of?

I love my UM1 build plate. I hate my Type A Machines Series 1 Build plate, since it's thiner and has wraped, also the manufacter admits this design flaw and just says to use get a peice of glass and tape it onto to the warped one.

ANYWAY - I want to find out what type of material was used to make my UM1 plate (since i guess there's lot's of platics out there) so I get get the same stuff to make a new plate for my TAM printer and get it printing again.

 

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Posted · UM1 what is the build plate made of?

10mm acrylic.

 

Ultimaker uses Perspex PMMA (acrylic) which is of very good quality. I think that's actually a US-made brand (Spandex), so you should find that easily.

If you want to cut your plate to shape with a mill or saw, you should get a good quality, cast acrylic. The cheap stuff you sometimes find in DIY shops (like 50% the price of a brand product) will melt away under your saw / mill if you're not very careful.

Don't know about lasercutting, maybe it doesn't matter there...

 

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Posted · UM1 what is the build plate made of?

For better laser cut results, avoid cutting it in one pass.

Instead use multiple passes with less power in order to get a more straight cut.

 

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