Use SOAP AND WATER………
I’ve a few successful prints under my belt now…..Pics another time……..
For the past few days though, this has been happening………Zero adhesion 😦
infact, it’s been a minor / major alternating problem most of my printing life (about 6 weeks now)…to the point where I’m using rafts on all prints, just to get something useable out of the printer
Today, During a lunch break at work, I thought I’d print something great for my son…my first print after totally dismantling the print head
The Cyclone: triple lift, triple track marble machine
I could NOT get the thing to print….a quick 3/4 of an hour setup and run turned into ten minutes here, 5 there, running up and down the stairs and eight aborted attempts at a raft…some even with me and a small spatula, splatting back down any lifted lines as the extruder was pulling them up!………….something had to give, it was my patience.
so, Cue a few hours of googling, youtubing and really getting no-where rapidly…For every problem, there’s 1000’s of variations of a solution.
With tens of variables and tens of solutions for each variable, there could be 1000’s of possible reasons and fixes for my non adhesion issue..
I almost ordered some 30cm Ikea mirrors due to many youtubers waxing lyrical about their wonderful adhesion qualities . Fortunatley, the wife was out of hairspray I do have a Sainsbury’s nearby though, their budget hairspray is the dog’s danglies for PLA adhesion…
I’m an engineer, so I tend to over analyse problems and over-think solutions.
People have recommended Alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol, salt, salt scrub, sugar solution, vinegar, sodium bicarb, all sorts to clean the bed
people have suggested to scrub the glass, scour the glass, coat the glass, everything to make PLA Stick
How about…………A good bath of warm soapy water and a scrub with a well used bath puff?
So, Summary, if you’re getting adhesion problems, Give the bed a good scrub with some soap (I used Shower Gel) and an abrasive thingy (I used a well used bath puff)
and…DO NOT USE BABY WIPES
Till next time!
[UPDATE] Marble machine printed almost perfectly, just over 30 hours!…some under extrusion nearer the top caused by a filament jam, caught it quickly though (a good shove down on the filament sorted it)…three more pieces to print now!