Warped prints can be a nightmare. One of the most frustrating parts of 3D printing is the issue of warped prints. This is when the corners of a print start peeling off from the print bed. Warping causes major issues and can be the deciding factor if your design is a success or not. Any 3D print that has warped is basically a waste of filament. Consistent warping can be an expensive problem and a time consuming problem. Imagine a 12 hour print that has warped? Endless amounts of waste filament occurs.
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Late last year we were given the chance to test out Magigoo 3D pringing adhesive by Thought 3D and we were impressed with the results. Recently, we were given the chance to test out their revised product. One of the most important factors to being successful in 3Dprinting is the ability to innovate your products. We see it every week through new hardware being released. Most recently Ultimaker released their latest FDM machine and this looks one of the most exciting printers to hit the market for a while. For the consumer industry to keep expanding all aspects need to keep innovating and that’s why we were so pleased that Magigoo had updated their product line.
The main noticeable difference between the first version and the latest release, is the upgraded design of the applicator ‘nib’. Instead of being absorbent like in their first release, the latest nib is made from a non porous silicon material that is designed to allow the adhesive to flow directly onto the print bed. The results of this mean the application is far easier and less effort is needed to activate the adhesive. We noticed that the application was also more consistent across the print bed. The result of this is shown in the pictures. When we were 3dprinting our designs, we didn’t get any warped corners or any warping at all. We noticed that the product performed better when 3D printing onto a glass print bed. The advantages of glass mean the surface is perfectly flat as opposed to a metal heated bed that is slightly uneven. Even on a metal bed though we had great results as shown in the photo above. The first layer is pretty much perfect and we printed this using co-polyester from colorfabb. During the print again there were no warped corners. Thought3D recommend that this is used with PLA and ABS, but we have had success with co-polyester as well.
We then decided to print a larger part using PLA and as you can see from the above image, the first layer was perfect. The print on this occasion failed due to a blocked extruder after 2 hours, but that vital first layer was perfect. Our experiences of this version of Magigoo showed that when we were 3D printing on glass, we didn’t have to re apply the adhesive on every print. On the large print above, we would advise a fresh layer of adhesive, but we subsequently printed 4 smaller models without applying more Magigoo. This is a great advantage in terms of cost saving and one that every consumer would welcome.
In terms of our view on 3D printing and how to make large prints a success, we recommend the use of Magigoo as an aid to solving the dreaded problem of warped prints. To read more about Magigoo check out their homepage.
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