Is it safe to use a layer of blue painters tape on top of my build plate? My prints have not been sticking lately. :(
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: http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-32-oz-Citrus-Degreaser-215689945381/203420801.
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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