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3D Print Lifter

by SteveCaplin, published

3D Print Lifter by SteveCaplin Jan 29, 2013

Description

It can often be hard to remove a print from the bed. This holder grips a flexible razor blade that's then supple enough and thin enough to slide between the thing and the bed, so enabling it to be lifted off easily.

The surprising thing about this object is that 3D printers are able to cope with a horizontal slot of just 0.4mm high into which to slide the blade.

The scraper was created with the free app 123D Design, and you can read about how it was made on 3dgeni.us

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It worked fine for me. Are you printing at too high a speed? If there's just a little stringing in the slot, you can use the razor blade to clean it out. It shouldn't be sealed shut!
the print was nice, however useless for me as other comments stated there is no slot for the blade to go it is sealed shut. :( lol I just glued the blade on there) didn't want it to go to waste. but thank you for the file, if modified I will print again....
Ha ha that's because you need to have one already...

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3D Print Lifter by SteveCaplin is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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Instructions

Print with medium fill. The razor blade should slide into the slot easily, where it will be held tight.
the print was nice, however useless for me as other comments stated there is no slot for the blade to go it is sealed shut. :( lol I just glued the blade on there) didn't want it to go to waste. but thank you for the file, if modified I will print again....
It worked fine for me. Are you printing at too high a speed? If there's just a little stringing in the slot, you can use the razor blade to clean it out. It shouldn't be sealed shut!
having trouble getting it of the build plate...
Ha ha that's because you need to have one already...
Can't wait to print this. Could really do with a cap as well for when you're not using it.
It is great thing!!! I printed it to remove old silicone sealent in my beathroom.
Thought this was cool, printed it at .4 layer height on a printrbot jr. I don't have a fan. The razor won't fit in the slot, in fact, i don't really see a slot. Should I have printed it at a different layer height or is my printer not able to manage the slot?
.4 layer height is perhaps too coarse. You could try it at .2, see if that works. But without a fan, it could just be that the filament isn't cooling fast enough to be able to bridge the gap.

I assume you're printing in ABS... are you able to try PLA? With its lower melting temperature you might just find you see a gap appearing.
Thanks for the advice. I am printing in PLA. I'm gonna do a slice at .2 and see if that makes a difference. If that still doesn't work, well then this will be the first excuse for me to add a fan.
As it's no longer on the front page of 3DGeni.us, you can jump straight to the feature here:

3dgeni.us/the-simplest-3d-print-lifter/
great idea. I'll have to print one later this week. Any chance you might add a cover for the razor?
looks great ! I mostly use dental-floss to get underneath the piece
...and how are you supposed to lift this print then? ;)
Ha ha good point - check out the workthrough on 3dgeni.us and you'll see that I started off just printing the head. So I used that to lift the whole thing!
This is a great idea! Thanks for adding this and for the walk-though on 3DGenius; I'm really glad I found the site, very informative!

Keep up the good work, Steve.
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