It occurred to me after recalling cooling problems in the layers near the bed that many popular build surfaces (e.g. BuildTak clones) are black, which should radiate the most heat - onto the part being printed, which is generally undesirable. Is there a reason for this? Are there (white) build surfaces designed to minimize radiation of heat that might help avoid cooling problems in the initial layers?

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    $\begingroup$ I suspect the difference would be negligible, but now I want a white one, just because it would be easier to see the print for most colors (except white, obviously) $\endgroup$ – Joel Coehoorn Apr 8 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ I think black surfaces absorb and retain heat better but this is just knowledge from high school days. $\endgroup$ – electrophile Apr 8 at 3:23
  • $\begingroup$ My bed is blue. $\endgroup$ – Trish Apr 9 at 7:47

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