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Prints not sticking

Noah Sep 24, 2017 08:25AM PDT

Is it safe to use a layer of blue painters tape on top of my build plate? My prints have not been sticking lately. :(

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Jack Sep 25, 2017 10:51AM PDT MOD-t Agent

Hi Noah! Yes, blue painter’s tape can definitely be used on your build plate, but there are a few more tips I’d recommend you use first.

First off I recommend activating Adhesion Assistance in print settings, especially raft. This will lay down a base layer for stabilization that you can remove once the print job is completed. I also wholeheartedly endorse roughing up the build surface with the included wire brush in a diagonal direction across the plate. This will give a better grip for the PLA being laid down by the extruder, and is a process I’ve used with much success on my own MOD-t and plates. I also recommend using a citrus-based cleaner once in awhile, as it will remove grease and residue without the harshness of other cleaning products. Home Depot has a good one available for under $3 at this link:

Another recommendation regarding improving print adhesion would be to close the side holes on your MOD-t cover with painter’s tape or masking tape, as this will hold more heat inside the printing area. Keeping the MOD-t inside warmer rooms helps, too.

I hope these recommendations help to solve the issue!

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Noah Mikulich Sep 28, 2017 02:03PM PDT
Thank you! This helped a lot! 😀

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