The best tools for 3D print removal

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The best tools for 3D print removal by NerdAlert3D Apr 10, 2013
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I found that I have the best luck on my Replicator2 of printing directly on the acrylic bed, but removal of prints with alot of surface area against the bed can be a pain. After much trial and error, I have come across the best one-two punch for removing prints from your print bed. The tool on the left is a simple paint scraper which holds old-school razor blades and is usually used to scrape paint off of windows. The tool on the right is actually sold at Wal-Mart as a food chopper and is essentially a flat piece of stainless steel rolled on one end for a handle and with a beveled blade on the other. I slide the razor blade carefully around all edges to start the print loosening and then use the chopper under the loosened edge to pop off the print. Works perfect and haven't ruined or failed on a single print! Enjoy!

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try the lil chizzler. http://www.amazon.com/Lil-Chizler-Vinyl-Label-Scraping/dp/B00AZKR2CY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426693250&sr=8-1&keywords=lil+chizzler. I just started using it and found it awesome. It usually gets the print off without removing the tape.

I bought the scraper from Walmart in Illinois. It works great for PLA adhered using hairspray on Kapton tape on bed. I didn't find this tool helpful for removing ABS prints adhered using ABS slurry, but then again, I don't know anything that works except to print using a raft using Simplify 3D. Great for PLA! Search "Progressive Bash 'n Chop" to find active links at retail stores as well as online options.

I purchased at WalMart, and unfortunately threw away the box. However, the back of the scraper says "Progressive" - does that help?

What's the brand for the food chopper? I'm getting too many results when I search for it.

I've got the exact same paint scraper, along with a larger, more blunt paint scraper. Works pretty well, though i still end up scraping tape off my print bed most times. That steel chopper certainly looks useful though.