Magigoo attempts to solve that frustrating first layer issue. Are you having problems getting that elusive first layer to stick? 3dprints peeling off the print bed? They can be extremely frustrating times when 3d printing and encountering this issue . We at the 3dfilemarket have experienced these issues many times. Sometimes prints that won’t stick due to warping can drive you crazy. Even more frustrating is when you think you have a good print going and then the edges start to warp and slowly you see the design starting to loose it’s original features. Sometimes your quality of filament will be the deciding factor and also how accurately you have levelled your print bed. However, when you have these things sorted and you still encounter this, 3d printing can be a read headache.
Magigoo does solve a frustrating problem.
Magigoo is a good attempt to try and solve this issue. Designed and developed by Though3D based in Malta, Magigoo is an adhesive that is applied to the print bed before printing. The aim being the adhesive will reduce the risk of warped parts. We have been testing out Magigoo over the past few weeks with some good results. The use of adhesives is an emerging area of 3d printing and Magigoo is one of a few new innovative products that is aiming to solve these flaws with 3d printing. There has to be life after blue tape!
The application of Magigoo is relatively straight forward. You need to squeeze the sides of the bottle and then press the white foam tip down to activate the glue. At first this might need a couple of attempts, but once you have activated it Magigoo will flow easily onto the applicator. Then you need to cover the print bed using straight lines. Try and keep them as even as possible and avoid over lapping the lines. In all it should take no more than 20-30 seconds to cover the bed with Magigoo. There is a great video on their website explaining how to achieve the perfect first layer. Our first print we did was on a Beethefirst 3d printer. This has a cold removable bed and it wasn’t until later we discovered it is best suited to a heated bed. However, we did see good results on a cold bed with an excellent first layer contact made by the Magigoo adhesive. The print did stick in this case.
We then tested it out on a heated print bed using co-polyester filament. Co-polyester provides a much more stronger part than PLA or ABS and so far we have been impressed with this material. The instructions provided with Magigoo recommend that ‘when the bed is hot the print will stick. When the bed is cool the print comes off’. We followed the official guide lines with excellent outcomes. With the heated bed at 60 degrees we printed multiple parts successfully. We printed using a 3d printer where we do experience warping issues and we decided to ‘nest’ the print and 3d print multiple models. The outcomes were very good with no warpage. When the printer bed had cooled the parts came off with no trouble at all. With our usual blue tape and paint scrapper we can have the occasional fight with the print but in this case there was no resistance. As you can see with this picture the parts are firmly adhered to the print bed.
We then started to experiment with other more experimental materials such a ColorFabb bronze fill. We didn’t apply any more Magigoo, we simply 3d printed onto the previous layer and the print stuck. We kept the heated print bed at 60 degrees as recommended by Colorfab and we slowed the print speed down. Note that these prints take a lot of post processing, however the outcomes are very good for an experimental material. In all three cases Magigoo performed very well and we had no issues with the adhesive, unlike some other brands out there at the moment. The main benefit is how easy it was to removed the designs from the print bed after it had cooled down.
To conclude our review of Magigoo 3d printing adhesive, we are pleased that there has been a good quality product created to help fight the ongoing battle of warping prints. The cost prices on their website are very good as well, 15 Euros for one pen, that will last 100 prints. So that 15cents a print. If you are printing a product and have to repeat the print many times due to warping, then this is a good investment and will work out cheaper than blue painters tape. It will easily repay itself in saved filament from failed prints. We are going to continue using Magigoo 3d printing adhesive to will report back in a few months after extensive testing on more materials and larger prints.
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