How To Use Blue Painters tape For Your 3D Print Bed #
Time needed: 5 minutes
Using blue painter's tape as an adhesion method for 3D printing is a simple and effective way to improve the bond between your prints and the print bed. Blue painter's tape is a popular choice for printing with PLA filament, as it can be easily removed from the bed once the print is finished. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use blue painter's tape to improve adhesion for your 3D prints:
- Gather Materials
Start by gathering all of the necessary materials. You will need a roll of blue painter's tape, a clean cloth or paper towel, and a clean and dry print bed.
Begin by carefully applying the blue painter's tape to the print bed. Be sure to cover the entire surface, and avoid stretching or distorting the tape as you apply it.
- Quality Control
Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Be sure to cover the entire print bed and make sure there are no gaps or uneven areas.
You can use the spatula over the tape to help burnish it onto the print bed to make sure it sticks down. This will help ensure that it is fully adhered to and ready to support your print.
Begin your print as you normally would, and keep an eye on the progress to ensure that the print is sticking to the bed properly. If you notice any issues with the first layer adhesion, you may need to reapply fresh tape. *Oils from your hands can get on the tape and inhibit first layer adhesion.
It's worth noting that blue painter's tape is just one of many methods that can be used to improve adhesion on a print bed. Other popular methods include glue stick, hairspray, and even alcohol cleaning. Some people swear by one method, while others find that a different method works best for them. It's all about finding what works best for your specific printer and material.
By following these steps and experimenting with different adhesion methods, you should be able to achieve reliable and consistent adhesion using blue painter's tape for your 3D prints. Remember to always use caution when handling tape, and be sure to follow all safety guidelines and instructions provided by your printer manufacturer.