How To Print On Bare Glass #
Time needed: 1 minute
Using alcohol to clean the surface of your print bed is a popular method for improving adhesion and ensuring that your prints come out smooth and clean. If you are printing on glass, you can use alcohol as a way to create a more stable base for your prints and prevent them from warping or lifting during the printing process. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use alcohol to clean your print bed and prepare it for printing:
Start by gathering all of the necessary materials. You will need a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (at least 70% strength), a lint-free cloth or paper towel, and a clean, dry glass surface.
- Wipe Down
Begin by wiping down the glass surface with the alcohol and the cloth or paper towel. Make sure to cover the entire surface, including the edges and corners, and be sure to remove any debris or dust that may be present.
Once the surface is clean, allow the alcohol to evaporate completely. This will typically take a few minutes, depending on the humidity and temperature in your environment. Once the alcohol has evaporated, your glass surface should be ready for printing.
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 adhesion, you may have not gotten it truly clean.
Other Options #
It's worth noting that alcohol cleaning is just one of many methods that can be used to improve adhesion on a print bed. Other popular methods include blue painter's tape, glue stick, and even hairspray. 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 create a stable and reliable surface for your 3D prints using alcohol-cleaned glass. Remember to always use caution when handling alcohol, and be sure to follow all safety guidelines and instructions provided by your printer manufacturer.
The key is to experiment and find what works best for you. With a little practice and some trial and error, you'll be able to print on nice clean bare glass.