GeckoTek EZ-Stick Beta Testing
Thank you for being a early tester of our next generation 3D Printer Build Surface! Our goal is to make 3D Printing easy and reliable for everyone. So the more input we can get the better.
A great place to start is the User Guide Below. You can also download a shorter version.
Lets us know what you think!
We REALLY want to know what you think of the EZ Stick Build Surface. What Materials did you print? What were the settings? Which Parts worked the best? the worst? The more info we can get the better.
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(Last Updated 3-24-17)
Step 1: Attaching EZ Print Build Sheets
You may apply the EZ Stick Build Sheet to your 3D Printers stock Build Platform. If you already have a GeckoTek Build Plate then the EZ Stick surface can be applied over it.
If possibly remove the build platform from your 3d printer. Make sure you build platform is clean and free of debris. Place the edge with exposed adhesive on to you build platform and using your finger with a back and forth motion start smoothing the sheet on to the build platform.
Here is a quick demo video------------------------------------------------>
Step 2: Trim to size, Level the Platform
Using scissors or a sharp razor blade VERY CAREFULLY trim any excess sheet. This may not be necessary depending on the your printer design but is good practice.
EZ Stick Surfaces are approximately 0.018” thick. Before printing you will need to go through the manufacturer recommended bed leveling procedure. There is generally no need to ‘squish’ the first layer into the EZ Stick Surface. It will increase the adhesion but will also make part removal a little tougher.
Step 3: Best Printing Practices
When testing new materials or settings we recommend starting with a small test part along the edge of the build area and the lowest recommended temperature settings. The higher the bed and extruder temps the more adhesion.
When the print is finished, allow the print bed to cool completely. Removal by hand should be easy. You can use a tool to help get under the edge and lift up. A plastic non-marring scraper is recommended. If using a metal tool try steady pressure and wiggling the tool. Try not to scrape back and forth.
EZ Stick Hot (formally HT):
ABS or PETG: The print bed should be heated to between 90-110C. The surface will not stick to ABS Below 90C. Set the extruder to the recommended temperature for that material. When the print is finished allow the surface to cool below 40C and removal by hand should be easy.
Tested with: AMS ABS, IC3D ABS, Inland ABS & PETG, Colorfab_xt, Taulmans t-glas and Bluprint,
PLA and TPUs: This can vary slightly but depending on the brand of filament these will usually stick great with the bed heated to around 50-60C. Some brands may require up to 70 or 80C. Its best to start low and work increase the temperature as needed. When the print is finished allow the surface to cool below 40C and removal by hand should be easy.
Tested with: Ninja Flex, and variety of PLAs
Nylon : It is typically best to start with the bed between 30-50C. Most of Taulmans Nylons print the best below 30C. If the bed is higher than 50 allow time for it to cool of the parts may be very difficult to remove. Use the recommended extruder settings. To remove the part, allow the plate to cool completely and then starting at a corner try to lift part slowly. Then work the rest of part free.
Tested with: Taulmans Alloy 910, Bridge, and 645 (all in natural color, we hear the color makes a difference)
EZ Stick Cold (formally RT): Primarily for PLA, extruder temps between 190-210C seem to work best. In general the higher the extruder temp the higher the adhesion and more difficult removal. If you have trouble removing parts try using a non-marring scraper.
Other materials like ABS and Nylon damage the surface slightly on initial tests. There was some sucess printing PETGs at a low extruder temperature (about 240C) but that is still being investigated. If you would like to test this, proceed with caution.
Maintenance and Care
Clean the surface as needed with the included isopropyl alcohol wipes. Dirt and oils from fingers have not been a major problem but can decrease the adhesion over time. It's good practice to wipe down the surface every 5-10 prints to bring it back to full strength.
One question that we don't have a good answer for yet is how long one sheet lasts. The first few prototypes are still working at full strength after 50-60 prints. Let us know how many prints you've done so far!