2.4 Tips

Now that you have completed a print or two, here is further advice to help ensure your continued success. Moving forward, keep in mind that the most common problem people experience is getting the first layer of their print to adhere properly to the build plate. Here are some tips which may prove helpful:

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Properly leveling your build plate is critical to successful printing. Also, be consistent: use the same sort of paper each time or a 0.1 mm feeler gauge. Do not eyeball the gap.
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Start with 0.30 mm layer height prints. The lower the layer height, the more important it is to have properly leveled the build plate as well as having a very flat (non warped) build plate. As you continue to print, you will get better at leveling the plate, at which point you can try your hand at 0.20 and even 0.15 or 0.10 mm layer heights. However, stick with 0.30 mm prints until you are experienced and reasonably skilled.
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Use the proper build surface treatment. Some printers such as MBot3D and ZYYX come with a special build surface that requires no tape. Many other printers, however, come with just an aluminum or glass plate. For those surfaces you need to add tape — and not just any tape. Use Kapton tape (polyimide) for ABS prints and blue “painter’s” tape for PLA. Occasionally wipe down the Kapton with acetone or the painter’s tape with alcohol. ABS also requires a heated build plate to adhere well.
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The ideal extrusion temperature for each filament type may differ. While you should begin with the printer manufacturer’s recommendations, you may wish to experiment some with higher or lower temperatures in order to find the optimum temperatures.