Questions tagged [build-plate]

The build plate describes the flat piece of material you print on. A heated build plate is called a heat-bed (see separate tag). The material of the build plate influences the adhesion of the print material substantially and heat transfer.

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Resin printer build plate scratches/ damage

I have an anycubic photon, and occasionally have trouble removing prints from the build plate. While trying to removing prints I've put some scratches into the surface, as I guess I've come in at the ...
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When to use an anti-backlash bolt for a Z drive gear?

I am building an HEVO printer with a 300x300 build plate and the project includes two T8 lead screws, lead 8 mm ("Tr8x8(p2)"). I read that such long lead may worsen backlash issues, so anti-backlash ...
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Z Offset Keeps Changing Flashforge Hunter

I am a newbie and I started having printing problems with my Flashforge Hunter. I found out that with every calibration the building plate Z offset is getting larger by approx 0.1 mm to 0.2 ...
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Ender 5 plus center of bed is incorrect [duplicate]

Currently have an issue setting the center of the bed. Have tried using offset in Cura, without any effect. Ender 5 Titan aero Creality v.2 Cura 4.4.1 This is causing issues as the print job goes ...
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Changing final build plate position [duplicate]

I have a Monoprice Maker Select V2 (Wanhao Duplicator i3) on which I've installed a recent version of Marlin. The home position is at the front-left of the build plate. At the end of the print, the ...
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Options for getting a really flat build surface

I've been fighting on and off with issues with my build plate seemingly not being perfectly flat. I've ordered a machined straight-edge and some new feeler gauges to diagnose the problem (and test any ...
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Can you fix a warped, removeable build surface backing?

I have an Ender 3 with a removeable build surface. The build surface backing has become warped - the center is at least 0.3 mm higher than the corners. I'm not sure what the material of this plate is -...
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New 3D resin printer with a scratched bed - will it work well anyway?

I just received a new SLA printer from AliExpress. There are scratches of different shapes on the bed, as seen on the photo. I am particularly worried about a set of scratches of about 0.2 mm ...
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What should I use to clean buildtak(knock off)?

My printer came with a knock off BuildTak like build surface. What can I use to clean it? I don't want to damage it.
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Ender 3 cracking magnetic bed

My first magnetic bed mat for my Ender 3 Pro is cracking underneath. On the top side there is a bubble in the middle which prevents any viable print. The layers are probably separating. I am new to ...
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Removeable Glass Bed vs. Removeable Springsteel Beds

Removeable beds are starting to get more common in low-price consumer-grade printers. There are pretty much 3 types: Unheated beds Heated beds from steel held by magnets or clips Heated glass beds ...
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Build plate (PEI on glass) isn't flat after several months of use?

I got a Wanhao Duplicator 6 printer branded as a Monoprice Ultimate about a year an and a half ago, 6 months after I got it I decided I hated the buildplate (I had to use a gluestick on every print to ...
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Large SLA Build Plate

So I purchased a ready-made z-axis. There are four holes for 6 mm screws. Two pairs of holes are 100 mm apart, with each pair of screw mounts 20 mm apart from each other. Basically, ...
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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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Creality ender 3 buildplate jamming

I bought a ender 3 a short time ago and yesterday i noticed a print failed. It seems like the buildplate jammed while trying to move along the y-axis so i replaced the v-shape wheels that keep it on ...
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Important build plate characteristics/qualities

I managed to tear my build plate trying to get some very stubborn plastic off it. I'll need to buy a new one, what characteristics are important for me to ensure it's compatable with my printer? I ...
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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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Scratches in the build plate - How did this happen, and may it cause problems?

A couple of prints after leveling the bed (<10), I noticed some weird sound, and saw the nozzle scratching the build-plate. What is really weird, is that I noticed (My printer is in quite a dark ...
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Creality Ender 3 - printing in front of the build plate

I am trying to print my first test but my Creality Ender 3 starts printing near the front edge and within 10 seconds is printing in front of the tray (off onto my table). I really think it should be ...
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Ultimaker Cura problems with build platform size and overhang support

I am attempting to print an axial fan blade, and due to the size requirements, I have to angle it on its side (despite only being 7.44 inches in diameter...). I am using an Ultimaker 3, which I ...
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Tevo Michelangelo nozzle below build plate?

I got a Tevo Michelangelo as first 3D printer today and already got a problem with the bed leveling: The extruder nozzle is way below the build plate. (When I auto-home the axes, which I've done ...
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Should I vary the first layer height

Up till now, I've tended to scale my first layer according to the print quality, so a 0.12 mm first layer for a 0.08 mm print, and 0.28 mm for a 0.2 mm print. After changing to a ...
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How to calculate linear Y rod length for a larger replacement bed?

I have an Anet A8 which I want to convert to an aluminium frame printer like the AM8 (rebuild of Anet A8 parts):        This should give a much more stiff frame with ...
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Multiple unattended prints using extruder to sweep build plate?

I read something the other day about a guy who found a way to knock over completed prints with the printer head itself, then slide them to the edge of the build plate, where they fall into a box/...
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How to center my prints on the build platform? (Re-calibrate homing offset)

When I print large prints close to (but not exceeding) the maximum dimensions of the heated build platform on my Anet A8, the brim or skirt or the print itself is printed outside the heated bed, while ...
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What can cause the build plate to slip?

2 days into a 5-day build, I came home from work and found the build ruined because the build plate had slipped. I'm using a Raise 3D N2 Plus printer, with the standard glass build plate that comes ...
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Lead screw holder - shall I buy metal or just use a printed one?

I am on the way to building my own printer using 2020 profiles, TR8 * 500mm lead screw for the Z-axis. Still thinking if that will be a h-bot or coreXY, but this is another story. As the printing ...
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SLA prints not sticking to build plate

I have been working with our SLA printer (Facture Draken) for a couple weeks now printing in makerjuice waxcast. . I have had some successful prints, but the majority (80%) end up as pancakes stuck ...
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How to remove adhered nylon from build platform?

As the title suggests, I am looking to remove nylon that has adhered strongly to my build platform. Mechanical methods (ex. scraping) haven't yielded results, so I was hoping for a solvent or ...
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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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How can I determine whether my borosilicate glass is fake or not?

Is there actually a way to determine whether the sheet of glass that one has received from a Chinese supplier on eBay is actually a sheet of Borosilicate glass, and not just a piece of normal glass ...
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Printed part auto-eject (automatic part removal)

What are the methods to auto eject parts (into a collection area/box/basket) in order for the 3D printer to continue printing? For some reason this feature isn't common (yet?). Is there a hidden ...
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Do I need a heated bed for printing PLA in an enclosed printer?

I am planning on building a large enclosed (Cartesian XY-Head) 3d printer. I want to keep the inital build time minimal and it is very likely I would need to build the ~50x50cm heatbed from scratch, ...
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Does the printing substrate have to be glass? If so, what size?

I am new to 3D printing. I have just put together my own 3D printer with some help. I was advised I shouldn't print directly onto the aluminium plate - I assume it's aluminium. The manufacturer did ...
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Using dollar-store picture glass for print bed on top of original heated aluminum bed?

I'm having a really hard time printing on my aluminum heated bed... Cleaning it just results in it being scratched (trying to scrape dried hairspray/glue/etc off) and I don't think it is particularly ...
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Is using a hair dryer on my M3D build plate safe?

I often have trouble with prints being especially difficult to remove from the build plate on my Micro3D printer. My wife suggested using a hair dryer on the underside of the plate. I was initially ...
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How to reuse modelling bases for the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus?

It's criminal how wasteful the Stratsys uPrint SE Plus is with it's 'one use' modelling bases. Is there a reliable way to re purpose them? I have tried ethanol and acetone, but not had any luck.
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Differences between moving build plate vs. extruder

What are the differences, and pros & cons, between 3D printers with varying layouts for moving head vs. moving build plate? Example layouts would include: X Head; YZ Bed; XY Head; Z Bed; ...
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How to line up (x,y) print area between hardware and software?

I'm trying to line up the physical print bed of my printer (Printrbot Simple Metal) to the virtual print area of the slicer (Cura). So far, they've never been properly aligned. It was never that big ...
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How often should I replace the glue layers on the bed?

I am printing on a non-heated bed right now, but the question also applies to heated building plates. How often should you replace the glue layers that's supposed to be applied before printing? Some ...
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Not Heated Build Plate Glue Amount and Dry Duration

Background: I am using the Flux Delta 3d Printer, and it arrived with a glue stick. Now on their forums it said to apply 2 layers of glue and let it dry, there's supposed to be a link there on how ...
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How to remove a PLA print stuck to a BuildTak sheet

BuildTak is great because the printed plastic really sticks to it, it pretty much solved all the problems I had with prints detaching from the buildplate during printing. However, it does sometimes ...