Miracle Print Adhesion Method #2

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Miracle Print Adhesion Method #2 by grabercars Sep 15, 2012
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After not having access to any usable http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:28787, and having some major problems with skin grease on the print bed, we were looking for something to clean it up. What we found ended up making prints stick so well that for large prints we sometimes had to replace the ripped-up tape. For smaller prints it works like a dream.

Note: You can't upload a thing without a file, so the .stl is http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16621 by Henque19. Thanks!


Put a cotton ball or some folded up paper towel (Tissue paper or toilet paper just fall apart) and apply some polish remover. Wipe over your preexisting blue-tape bed once or twice, and print! Voila, sticky, sticky bed.

Warning: Do NOT use denatured alcohol or stronger dilutions of acetone. If you apply anything with a higher concentration than nail polish remover, you will NEVER get the tape off of the bottom of your print!

Major ingredients (For comparison): Acetone, water, propylene carbonate, dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl succinate, dimethyl adipate, glycerine, and gelatin. The rest are fragrances/colors.

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I have found you can use ABS without a Heated bed but you ether over heat "cook" the Plastic or is is so cold your extruder Jams.
I will buy some nail polish remover tomorrow and check that out... It will also effect the thin Layer of ABS plastic on the Blue Painters tape. A heated bed is cheaper in the long run You only use Kapton tape so you do not have to Wipe the glass with Acetone to get the Plastic residue off

This really is great!  It works like a charm.  I have some plastic that I could not get to stick down for anything - this does the trick.  Put down blue painters tape, wipe it with nail polish remover, and print and good part.  I am using "Cutex Nail Strengthening Polish Remover" because that is what my wife had around.  Great work - thanks a lot.

"with gelatin" what else is in the ingredience list?

Major ingredients: Acetone, water propylene carbonate, dimethyl glutarate, dimethyl succinate, dimethyl adipate, glycerine, and gelatin. The rest are fragrances/colors.

I would like to point out, however, that using simple acetone dilute or denatured alcohol dilute had the same effect, so the effect that these other ingredients have is either nonexistent or negligible. I believe that the effect of the acetone is to create minuscule pockmarks on the face of the ta
pe, increasing the surface area and therefore multiplying the adhesive effect that the tape already has. But hey, could be wrong :P