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How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly

Posted by mchenetz 
How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 13, 2012 06:45PM
I have about 4" Kapton tape... What is the trick to adhering it to the bed evenly? IT seems i always have bubbles under the tape. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mike
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 13, 2012 06:56PM
Until I tried it myself I would have thought the following advice was nuts.

Use soapy water on the glass and tape,then let dry, and its good to go.

This video is better at explaining it

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Regards
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 14, 2012 01:34PM
If you don't want to deal with soapy water (which does work nicely, by the way), you can use a credit card as a squeegee.
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 14, 2012 02:41PM
I've never used 4" tape but with 2" tape, I just use my fingers (usually my thumb) to work the bubbles out as I'm pressing the tape on the glass or aluminum plate. So, I don't have to wait for it to dry like you do in that video.
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 14, 2012 05:38PM
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 15, 2012 05:29AM
Thanks for the replies... I am going to try some of these methods.
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 17, 2012 02:13AM
I simply take sugar water, paint it on a hot glass plate (actually a mirror tile) @100°C and print ABS on it @110°C. It works like a charm. No expensive kapton, PET or even polyetherimide. Just sugar. It smells better than the acetone/ABS coating some people are using and can be easily removed with water. As the temperature drops below 80°C after printing the parts pop off the plate.


Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 17, 2012 05:08AM
One big problem with this method: ants! smiling smiley
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 17, 2012 05:20AM
Sure, in the jungle.

But if the the "reprap revolution" arrives at the jungle - any idea where to get Kapton tape there? But sugar sounds possible. smiling smiley
Re: How do you get wide Kapton tape to adhere evenly
March 17, 2012 09:12AM
hi

take of the alum bed platform

take water with lil abit soap inside

apply water on platform and kapton tape on stiky side

place kapton tape on platform

wipe off with some robber bar or some other Straight long thing

hope this will help
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