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Cheap Bed Material

Posted by Tiraas 
Cheap Bed Material
July 08, 2015 08:32PM
After seeing what Zortrax do with their textured bed I tried this:

Plasterers Scrim Tape/Dryliners Tape. €1.50 for a 50 metre roll.

In Cura use default raft settings and get some shocking good results, it also works with suspended prints, that is lift the object a minimum 2mm from the bed and let Cura print supports, quicker than raft, almost as good result.

To remove the print, just take off the tape from the bed.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 09, 2015 12:58AM
Cheap sounds always good smiling smiley

Is it a 200mm x 50m roll? Easy to apply without bubbles?
What material were you printing and what was the bed temperature?

I use blue painter tape ( not so cheap ) but I can reuse it many times.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 09, 2015 01:21PM
Is it a 200mm x 50m roll?
I've seen 8" (200mm nominal) patches before, but never without an aluminum area or made completely out of aluminum. They are self adhesive, but wouldn't be very cost effective since they cost a few bucks a piece.

I have seen large rolls at 36 inches by x 150 feet but you'd have to cut it yourself. It would cover 900 standard beds and cost about 5.5 cents a piece.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 09, 2015 05:26PM
Printing with what? PLA?

Isn't pla like the easiest to print with?

What about nylon, PET, hips, abs?
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 09, 2015 06:14PM

This is the stuff, it isn't a solid tape, it is a web of fibre glued together. The width is 50mm

ABS & PLA I have mostly tried with.

ABS 120
PLA 60

Nylon actually sticks really well to.

Igus tribor, HIPS and PET also stick but lesser still bloody good though.

It was a nice find I think.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 09, 2015 06:15PM
For example:


I picked mine up from store so no delivery.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 10, 2015 03:28AM
I think, I´ve seen that in a local store.
Can you remove the tape easily, after a long print session at 120°C?
Will it remove completely or leave adhesive?
Did you use it directly on the heatbed or on glass / other heatspreader?

Pictures, please smiling smiley
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 10, 2015 06:25PM
I'm not sure how much cheaper you can get than hairspray on glass. I just tried it for the first time last night, and it's like magic. Sticks so good, just some prepwork. I use dollar store 8x10 glass frames and just have a few of them prepped. It's not a bad approach, when a print finishes, remove the glass and put a fresh one to continue.

I'll probably never go back to tape if this works long term.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2015 06:26PM by thetazzbot.
Re: Cheap Bed Material
July 12, 2015 08:14PM
I don't use glass because of my inductance probe.

This 'webbing' material doesn't require clean up of the surface at all, just comes off when the bed cools.

I tried hairspray hated how it stinks, even the non-perfumed option. Prefered UHU glue to hairspray.
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