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Blue scotch tape 2093EL

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I thought I'd share my experiences with some blue tape I've been trying.

I've bought a few types from my local hardware place (Bunnings) to see how they go. So far the best by far has been scotch blue 2093 (edge lock) tape in a 2" width. After a few weeks of printing with various PLA colours I think I'll stick with it.

The tape is smoother and thinner than the standard blue tape, so getting the first layer right is important. But the big advantage is the reuse of the tape, this tape lasts easily 7 or 8 prints before needing replacement. It's also easier to remove parts after printing, a good twist and most everything pops right off. I'm not sure, but it seems help parts from springing up at the edges while they cool also.

Anyway, that's my experience, anyone else found some good tape?

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Anyway, that's my experience, anyone else found some good tape?

Yes. For dutch people. The cheapest painters tape from the Gamma works very well. It's 50% wider then the normal blue tape of Ultimaker, and PLA sticks on it just as well. The only disadvantiage is that the tape is less sticky, so it can detach itself from the bed. (you need to tape it around the edges of the bed to keep it down)

But it's really cheap at 2 euro per roll. And because it's wider it is very easy to put on. It's also a bit tougher, so it doesn't scratch as easy. I now find myself replacing tape because it has too many skirts on it, not because it's scratched. Now I just need to figure out the stickiness issue, as you do get a bit more warping with this tape.

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