Prusa PEI sheet alternatives.  

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Boblobs
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Does anyone know of any alternatives to the Original Prusa Spring Steel Sheet with Smooth Double-sided PEI? There are plenty on amazon, but I'm not sure if they are of comparable quality.

Posted : 02/06/2020 1:36 am
[Micke]
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I have used Buildtak’s PEI sheets on their flexplates for over a year. I have one for PETG and one for PLA. Both sheets are still in use today. I print something every day, sometimes just a few hours sometimes for 50+ hours. I damaged Prusas PEI smooth sheet the second day I used it, and after a month I had several bits of it coming of it. There is no comparison IMHO.

Most people say PETG adheres “too good” on the smooth sheet, I’d like to say that the quality of the smooth sheet is bad. I really do like the textured one though.

https://www.buildtak.eu

Posted : 07/06/2020 4:18 am
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cwbullet
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I highly recommend Buildtak PEI: 3 Pack of Buildtak's PEI Sheets

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Posted : 07/06/2020 2:34 pm
MartyS
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I've been using the black Buildtak sheets on my cobbled together large printer for years.  I think I got the 3 pack 4 years ago and I still have one unused sheet.

When I got the Prusa I got a FYSETC 3D steel sheet that came with one PEI sheet, also got a spare PEI sheet made by Gizmo Dorks.  The steel sheet seems good quality with similar printing to the Prusa, took some time to apply the PEI and trim the edges but when done it worked fine for the few test prints I did.  Haven't tried the Gizmo Dorks PEI sheet yet.

I only applied PEI to one side of the steel sheet and covered the other with painters tape.  TPU sticks so darn strong to everything it's nice to have a disposable surface for that.   Also any tape that bonds to the TPU print and tears off the bed can be removed from the print with hot water and some scrubbing.

 

Posted : 07/06/2020 6:26 pm
Boblobs
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Ok-thanks. I will check these out!

Posted : 07/06/2020 7:00 pm
Dustin
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@cwbullet

To use the buildtak PEI sheets, do you use the original Prusa spring steel and remove the PEI?

Posted : 26/01/2021 1:42 am
bobstro
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Posted by: @dustin-7

@cwbullet

To use the buildtak PEI sheets, do you use the original Prusa spring steel and remove the PEI?

You can, but I prefer PrintedSolid's thinner and springier spring steel sheets. They're more like the Prusa textured sheet in thickness. The BuildTak steel sheet is thicker. All work well.

BuikdTak uses an adhesive that is easier to remove and replace. BuildTak PEI in a PrintedSolid sheet is ideal.

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Posted : 26/01/2021 2:45 am
cwbullet
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I used to rate TheKKIINNGG rather high, but after trying Ultistik by FilamentOne, I have a new favorite.  

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Posted : 26/01/2021 3:01 am
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Antipode
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I have a spring steel build sheet from FYSETC, bought with a couple of PEI sheets that I applied myself. The build sheet is pretty good quality, but the stamped out holes had sharp edges, which I filed down. The PIE sheets work fine, but they are notably thinner than the one sold by Prusa. Not sure whether this translates into less longevity. But performance-wise the FYSETC PEI sheet works just as well.

Here is the item I bought:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32900495393.html

Posted : 29/01/2021 10:34 pm
dimprov
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When people report on alternative sheets that they like, it would really help if they'd qualify the testimony by stating what kind of filament they're satisfied printing on it.  For instance, some surfaces work fine for PLA but have too tight a grip on PETG, so not knowing the filament that was used for testing/using the surface makes it hard to assess the recommendation.

Posted : 31/01/2021 11:35 pm
cwbullet
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@dimprov

I have used all filaments on the Ultistik and TheKKIINNGG.  Which plate are you interested in a report.  I will write one and test prints on it.  

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Posted : 01/02/2021 3:08 am
dimprov
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Posted by: @cwbullet

@dimprov

I have used all filaments on the Ultistik and TheKKIINNGG.  Which plate are you interested in a report.  I will write one and test prints on it.  

I'm interested in how PETG performs, so whichever one you think performs better with PETG.

Posted : 01/02/2021 7:02 am
cwbullet
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@dimprov

I think PETG performs better on the Ultistik.  I will do an article by the end of the week.  You get less under or over adhesion.  

I recently purchased their black textured.   I have not tried it, but the gold has a premium performance.  

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Posted : 01/02/2021 11:27 am
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