Questions tagged [adhesion]

Questions about part-to-platform or layer-to-layer adhesion while 3D printing.

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First layer looks weird and print fails

Printed 650 of these tokens, no problem. Then all of a sudden I can't get them to stick and the first layer looks wavy and weird. After a few tokens it knocks one loose and the whole print fails. ...
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What hairspray brands are known to contain PVA / PolyVinylpyrrolidone

It's common to use hairspray, especially AquaNet, as a bed adhesive. My understanding is this works because the spray includes a chemical called polyvinylpyrrolidone, or PVA. What other brands of ...
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Why doesn't PLA stick to heated bed?

I have a basic Creality Ender-3 with a black rough bed cover. I'm printing with PLA. After assembly, I printed 3 or 4 small toys sliced by Cura with basic settings. All were printed very well! ...
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Does anyone know what would cause this? [closed]

I’m a 3D printing newbie. I’ve tried adjusting various settings but nothing seems to help. Most of the brim looks great and I’m pretty sure my bed is level, but as soon as it starts printing the ...
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Why does hairspray work as an adhesive for ABS?

Since I have a 3D printer, I worked primarily with printing ABS. I tried multiple methods for adhesion (various soluble glues, ABS juice) but always had the most success with hairspray on clean ...
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Alternative raft generation

For some recent prints I have been using rafts as generated by Cura to aid in bed adhesion; which helps, but is not as reliable as I'd like it to. However, it seems to me that the raft generation ...
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Build plate adhesion, PLA

Am just wondering if any conclusions can be drawn from this: Three corners are solid, but not the one in the centre of the plate. The bed was levelled before printing (and checked afterwards also). ...
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How would you clean/prepare a flexible/magnetic mat (e.g. Ender 5) as compared to a glass bed?

I have started printing about a month ago on an Ender 5 (using mostly PLA but recently also PETG) and it seems it's about time to give the print bed a more thorough cleaning than what I usually do ...
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DLP build plate adhesion

Does anyone have tips on improving build plate adhesion in DLP printers? I've heard a thin layer of resin or UV glue applied to the plate will help, but we're not sure if we leave the resin/glue wet, ...
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PETG layer adhesion

I've been playing around with PETG for the first time, and everything seemingly worked right just from the start - clean prints, no stringing, no bed adhesion problems, no warping or dimensional ...
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Why does the painters tape have to be blue?

I have been looking at getting some painters tape to use on the glass plate for better print adhesion, and everything I read suggests the blue painters tape, such as this: However, this white tape is ...
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ASA and BVOH adhesion

I am printing a mechanical part for my printer. It's a new mount for my extruders and I have been attempting to use BVOH as a support filament so that when my print is done it will cut down on the ...
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Removing glue residue on part after printing

Following advice I read elsewhere, I have covered my (heated) print bed with blue painter's tape, and before each print I apply an Elmer's purple washable glue stick to improve bed adhesion. After ...
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Polypropylene Bed Adhesion

I recently upgraded to a Polypropylene print bed, but I haven't actually been able to complete a print. Adhesion seems incredibly inconsistent, even on the same spot. Sometimes it goes down great, ...
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How do I get circles on small interior holes to adhere to the bed?

I’m using a RepRap printer, PLA (Hatchbox 1.75 mm), SketchUp, and Slic3r. The heated bed is covered with a blue polyester sticker. When I print small holes (1 to 1.5 mm radius), slicer software ...
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Infill not reaching perimeter

I've got several examples like the image below where the perimeter either doesn't bond to, or doesn't reach the infill. I tried adjusting the infil overlap ...
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Long prints shifting with Ultimaker 2

I am currently using Ultimaker 2+ to print some big parts with PLA. As long as the printing lasts for less than 15 hours (that's what I observed by experience, approximately), there are no problems. ...
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Adhesion issues using AmazonBasics PLA [duplicate]

I am a neophyte at 3D printing. My Ender 3 is now 4 days old and I modified it out of the box with a glass bed. My first print was a fairly complex item, but a mere 90 x 160 x 3.5 mm. Used the ...
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Printer fails to print a cube

I'm trying to print a calibration cube from PLA using a 70 °C heated build platform on a Prusa i3 Pro W. This results in: Please explain why it prints like this.
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Filament moving around and not sticking to bed

I have only just set up my Anet A6 today. I am trying to print a calibration box, but the print is moving around the bed while trying to print. Any ideas how to fix this? The documentation is very ...
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How to level bed after applying glue stick for bed adhesion

I'm pretty new to printing PETG, and my Creality Ender 3 now has a glass print bed. I've done some research, and it looks like a pretty bad idea to try and print PETG on a pure glass surface for fear ...
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Adhesion problem when printing calibration test

Here is my first attempt at printing a "Bed Leveling Calibration test". It obviously didn't come out as I would have hoped, but what can you say just looking at this picture? Is it possible to tell ...
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Under-extrusion after a certain amount of successful layers?

My CR-10 is starting prints, BUT then makes weird spiral pattern, layers go up vertically with large gaps. Hollow infill. I don’t know if it’s: - My Slicing skills - original files - the printer ...
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Bed too close to nozzle?

I've been having some bed adhesion problems that I have been trying to solve by leveling the bed. I think that it's pretty level now but when I start a print the lines seem pretty flat. Is this true? ...
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Setting up a brim/raft for only a portion of the overall print

I'm trying to build an assembly with one larger part (about 50 mm x 50 mm), two small parts (about 10 mm x 5 mm) each, and one part that starts with two 2 ...
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Why is Print Adhesion almost good, but still not right?

It feels like my print is almost there, I spent a long time fine tuning the calibration with a fantastic set of G-code files from Chuck Hellebuyck. I am using an Ender 3, on which I have modified the ...
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What do you use to keep your blue tape from lifting?

I have a few issues with the blue tape, which I'm trying out for the first time. The tape seems to warp, bubble and lift from the aluminum plate when it heats and cools and during printing. I put ...
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Not starting printing on bed

I'm a complete newby Monoprice maker select v.2 Followed directions home all turn off machine level bed Turn on Z position fast up an inch Preheat pla Print Then it goes back down but not to the ...
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Getting a Cura Raft to stick to the object more firmly (for ABS)

I have been have a problem printing ABS with Cura on an Ender 3. I am getting good bed adhesion on the raft, but the object on top of the raft easily curls off it. See photo below. Settings: Bed ...
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Tell tale signs bed tape has given up the ghost

I use blue 3M Painter's tape to help with bed adhesion on my heated bed. Are there any tell tale signs which would lead me to believe I need to change the tape out? For reference, I haven't been ...
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When is kapton tape useful as a bed adhesive?

I've long since been aware that some people swear by Kapton tape as a bed adhesive, with MatterHackers claiming that Kapton tape is the recommended bed adhesive for ABS. What makes Kapton tape so ...
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POM filament not sticking to the build plate?

In the creation of the process of printing my own bearings to reduce noise, minimize play/tolerances and size the bearings to the actual size of the application, I obtained a spool of Polyoxymethylene ...
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How do skirts aid print bed adhesion?

In cura one of the options under "build plate adhesion" is "skirt", which seems to simply print a loop around, but not touching, my print. How is this supposed to help my prints stick to the bed?
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Print slipped away

I try to configure my 3D Printer properly. I printed this boat model https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2763854 (with a scaling of 0.6):The quality of the print looks nice but at the last roof the ...
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Removing protopasta conductive PLA skirt from a bed

I have a simple printer bot metal with a heated bed, the heated bed I am not using. I am using conductive pla by protopasta The conductive pla is not that strong, so when I take my pieces off the ...
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Support material first layer adhesion issues

I am quite new to 3D printing, and having difficulty printing first layer of an object with support. The object has a few curved surfaces that touch the print bed, so not a big starting foot print. ...
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Getting PLA to stick to a cold bed

Right now my heated bed is down and I had no time to try and fix it and I am trying to print something for a friend. I am having the PLA lift around the edges which I have NEVER experienced. The glue ...
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Adhesion problems with masking tape

I have been playing around with the bed for a while and I still can't get the first layer to stick properly. I think I am getting the bed leveled good, I use the paper method. But yet I find myself ...
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What is the best way to print a model with support material in first layer?

I am trying to print a model that requires support material to be on the first layer, what is the best way to accomplish this? I am currently using Cura. It seems that the support material is too ...
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3d Print pops off before complete

I recently got my first 3D printer, however when I print taller objects, sometimes the piece pops off the build plate and moves around before the print is finished, the piece then is missing the top ...
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Correct amount of force on piece of paper when leveling bed

I am having some problems with bed adhesion and curling of the edges. Also my printer causes alot of stringing when creating the first layer, this can cause the print to let go of the bed and then it ...
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What tweaks do slicers use to get rafts to stick?

I've always had trouble getting prints to stick directly on my bed, but had great reliability when use rafts. This didn't present a problem when I was using PLA, but I recently got a roll of PETG and ...
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Bed Adhesion materials

There are all sorts of stories of what to put on your printer bed to make your part not come loose when it is printing but can be removed after it is done without requiring a hammer and chisel. Is ...
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Filament lifts from the hot bed while printing

I have a Tevo Tarantula 3D printer. I'm trying to print a calibration cube. The slicer is Cura and is set for a 1.75 mm filament extruded by a nozzle of 0.4 mm, with a heat bed ...
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Lower BuildTak adhesion

I'm having a similar issue to this one: I have retrofitted my printer with a BuildTak sticker. I'm printing PLA at 60°C bed temperature - currently using a 0.3 mm nozzle, but I had similar issues with ...
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Lines of PLA not sticking to the bed

When I am printing objects that have a lot of surface area on the first layer parts of that layer will rise up causing there to be gaps in the first layer. Here are two pictures. The first one was ...
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Turning off heatbed for the last few layers. Good idea or not?

My heatbed won't let go off the prints until it considerably cools down. The cooling process takes decent amount of time. I was considering putting the M140 S0 (...
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Can't get print to stick, no matter what I try

I'm new to 3d printing, so I might be missing something obvious. If so, please let me know. I printed my model successfully yesterday, but today I'm trying to print the same model and the first ...
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What is the MakerBot Grip Surface lifespan?

I've done a few prints on my MakerBot Replicator+ now and I'm curious if anyone else knows what the typical lifespan is signs of degradation are for the grip surface tape? I'm used to using Kapton ...
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One corner never sticks

I am new to 3D printing. I thought that the black surface of my print bed was supposed to keep things stuck without additional tape, spray, etc. However, every time I print something, this same ...