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Magigoo is an upcoming easy to use 3D printing adhesive designed to address “the first layer not sticking problem” – pretty much the most common problem found in Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing. This problem occurs when the print does not stick well and detaches itself from the printing platform ruining itself, that is why perfecting the first layer is vital to get a great foundation for the rest of the print and prevent issues like warping on the edges or failed prints. This will save you valuable time and filament and there are quite a lot of products designed to help you in that, but most of htem are either not universal enough or do not work as well as you’d expect them to.

Magigoo is a product deigned to get the perfect first layer thus assuring perfect prints and it is universal enough to support both PLA and ABS filaments and most likely others as well. But it is not only about having the 3D printer part stick well to the build plate, but also to be easily removable after the print is finished and Magigoo should help with that as well. It has maximum adhesive properties at the operating temperature of both PLA and ABS filaments and allows for the print to be easily detached upon completion once the print has cooled down making 3D printing a lot easier and problem free.

The Magigoo 3D printing adhesive should come in an easy to use applicator making it very straightforward to apply onto the build plate for a hundred or so prints. Note that the adhesive paste must be allowed to dry completely before starting to print and it can be easily cleaned with water after the print is finished. An applicator bottle of Magigoo should be compatible with various printing surfaces and should be at an affordable price when it becomes available very soon.

For more details about the upcoming Magigoo 3D printing adhesive…

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We have told you about the GeckoTek build plate last year as a very promising upcoming product that started as a Kickstarter project. Back then everything sounded almost too good to be true, but along the way things changed and the end product is not as functional and versatile as it was originally promised. Nevertheless back then we’ve ordered a GeckoTek build plate along with a magnetic base for our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer and we have finally received something. It is the PLA only version, though originally it was promised that the plate should be compatible with both PLA and ABS prints, the end result however is a bit different as there will be two separate versions – one for PLA and one for ABS printing. The model designed for ABS is not yet available, but the PLA version is already shipping and we have received ours and it is start to share some initial impressions.

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The product comes well packaged, as already mentioned we have ordered the GeckoTek build plate (we got the PLA version) along with the magnetic plate and the package also contains bolts and nuts along with pink-purple spacers for mounting (?). The spacers are 3D printed, but not that good as apparently they did not use support material when printing them, so the end result is not that great and we did not get to print the 3D model of the spacers ourselves as apparently everyone that ordered a build plate apparently already has a 3D printer and can do that. The instructions for mounting the GeckoTek plate are not very detailed and no photos are provided for easy installation by novice users, but that should not be an issue as the procedure is pretty straight forward and easy. The finish of the special coating of the GeckoTek build plate looks decent enough, but far from perfect and the same goes for the looks of the magnetic build plate that is essentially a big aluminium piece with mounting holes and magnets. The coating of our build plate has some darker spots and fine scratches, and we even noticed a slight press mark apparently left by a hot extruder pressing a bit more on the build plate than it should – it seems the plate has been tested prior to shipping.

We are planning to start testing the GeckoTek build plate in the next few days, so you can expect our initial impressions from using it pretty soon. Unfortunately it has arrived a bit too late and is not what we initially expected it will be and we have already installed a Heated Build Plate to our Replicator 2 3D printer with a great removable build plate system that we use with BuildTak and are very happy with the results (apart from the relatively fast wearing of the BuildTak surface due to the not so easy removal of the printed parts). So if we like the results that GeckoTek provides we might think of a way to make only the build plate usable with our currently installed solution from BC Tech and the magnetic base will not get used. Also if we integrate the GeckoTek build plate to our current workflow we would also need to get one for ABS as well and at a price of $39 USD (for the PLA plate) it is not the most affordable solution, especially if you need to buy two separate plates for ABS and PLA and each of them does not manage to provide you with at least a few hundred prints before wearing off. We may still end up replying on the BuildTak as the best priced and most versatile and durable solution we have found so far, even though it is still not the perfect one we need or at least until we find a better alternative as we continue searching for one. If the GeckoTek build plate ended up what was initially promised it might’ve been a good alternative to BuildTak, but we no longer think so even if the plate we got does ends up working well…

Innofil3D, a company specialized in making 3D printer filaments has released a newly developed filament called ERP PET that promised better results and features than traditional PLA filaments and the new ERP PET should come at a similar or slightly higher price point. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is well known for its wide application in making plastic bottles and it has great characteristics to bring 3D-printing to the next level. Currently PLA and ABS are the most common used monofilaments for 3D-printing. PLA is nice for consumers, but printed objects have their limits. ABS gives great results but users can experience difficulties when using it on their printer and most people dislike the smell during printing and it is not healthy to breath the fumes.

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So here comes EPR PET promising to be a a great alternative for both, a new PET-based filament specifically designed for 3D printing from Innofil3D. It is easy to use, doesn’t generate fumes, shows great detail and is recyclable. EPR PET has a larger operating window for printing (temperature vs. speed) so it can be used on every 3D-printer and there should be no need for a heated bed since EPR PET adheres very well on tape. According to Innofil3D their ERP PET filament should be as easy to print as PLA and the resulting print should be better in terms of Strength, Resolution and Appearance thus making it a great alternative to standard PLA and allowing users to use the new filament for things where PLA may not be good enough. The glass transition temperature of the ERP PET filament is listed at 62 degrees Celsius or with other words the thermal resistance is similar to that of standard PLA where normally that temperature is about 55-60 degrees Celsius. We have a spool of the new ERP PET filament from Innofil3D to try out the new material, so we are going to be sharing our feedback from using it and how it compares to PLA very soon.

Recommended printer settings for ERP PET:
– Nozzle temperature: 210-230 °C
– Heated bed temperature: 75-85 °C (when applicable)
– No heated bed: use tape for bed adhesion
– Printing speeds: 40-100 mm/s (depends on nozzle temperature)
– Layer height: 0.08-0.2 mm
– Layer thickness: 0.8-1.0 mm thickness makes it possible to print water tight objects

For additional information about the ERP PET 3D printer filament visit Innofil3D…

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