Alternative to tape for printing with PP  

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othman.a2
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Hello,

I frequently print with polypropylene (PP) filaments, which require covering the printing bed with sticky tape. However, this is quite cumbersome to do properly and the tape tends to leave residue on the bed.

Is there a better way to print PP? Is there anything I can buy or make to place on the bed and print on instead of having to cover the bed with tape everytime?

Thanks!

Posted : 08/10/2019 10:52 pm
Lichtjaeger
(@lichtjaeger)
Prominent Member

Magigoo PP works quite well.

Posted : 09/10/2019 6:24 am
charles.h13
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Famed Member
Posted by: @lichtjaeger

Magigoo PP works quite well.

I use this on a naked steel sheet.  

Posted : 09/10/2019 10:23 am
Lichtjaeger
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Posted by: @charles-h13
Posted by: @lichtjaeger

Magigoo PP works quite well.

I use this on a naked steel sheet.  

But works on PEI as well.

Posted : 09/10/2019 10:43 am
bobstro
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Posted by: @othman-a2

[...] Is there a better way to print PP? Is there anything I can buy or make to place on the bed and print on instead of having to cover the bed with tape everytime?

You can buy bare spring steel sheets and mount whatever surface you want to use on one permanently. I've purchased bare sheets from BuildTak and PrintedSolid. I prefer the thinner PrintedSolid version. I've been able to experiment with everything from automotive textured vinyl to blue painter's tape on these and the new firmware features make it easy to keep track of the different Live-Z settings.

 

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Posted : 09/10/2019 12:11 pm
othman.a2
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Thank you all very much, your suggestions have been very helpful!

 

Othman

Posted : 11/10/2019 5:09 pm
ron
 ron
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I'm testing PP for an application and if it's seems the good material, I will have to buy few kg of PP.

I'm currently print on tape but it is only OK the initial tests and I will soon buy some Magigoo PP for a temporary solution.

@bobstro, I like your solution of a custom bare sheet. Do you know any PP sheet that would stick on a bare sheet? I'm in Europe then first I would buy a Buildtak one instead of a PrintedSolid.

OT: I just see PrintedSolid sell enclosure kits that look nice. They are sold at Matterhackers too. But I don't know how to get a similar product in Europe. Any idea?

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Posted : 17/12/2019 9:36 pm
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