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BuildTak Removal

Posted by Roberts_Clif 
BuildTak Removal
January 02, 2018 12:55PM
I have read about all the nightmares of bed surface removal, and how hard it was to remove the left over adhesive.
They talked about about the chemicals that were so toxic they wore respirators to wipe down the bed to remove the adhesive.

Goo-Gone, Goof-Off, Lacquer thinner, acetone and Mineral Spirits to name a few.

I was plenty worried about this until I decided to pull up the BuildTak surface. And thought why not try to stick a putty knife under the surface,
while pulling the edge of the BuildTak surface up with my fingers. I stuck the 1 1/4 inch wide putty knife under the surface and began to rock if to loosen the BuildTak surface. and slowly it became loose. Using a sharp blade razor knife I scored the surface of the BuildTak so I could pull the surface off in smaller strips. Like you would do with glued down carpet. And in less than a couple minutes had the surface off with no adhesive remaining on the bed. "BuildTak Surfaces were not labeled with 3M so must be different, it appeared as though they had a form of double sided tape on the BuildTak backing is plain white."

I noted the bed temperature was 17C when I started to remove the old BuildTak Surface.

The New Surface Is Not Stated But was purchased from a Hictop Rep and I received two 300mm X 300mm X 1mm for under $12.00. these have a 3M 9080A backing label.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/02/2018 03:58PM by Roberts_Clif.
Re: BuildTak Removal
January 04, 2018 08:52AM
After a year I have found a Bed surface that the filament actually sticks to and it is not BuildTak.
It is the previously mentioned unknown Bed surface I purchased from a Hictop Rep in China. Maybe I can stop using the Vinyl Transfer Paper Tape.
It holds well and allows for easy removal of models from it's surface, the nozzle is never close enough to the surface to cause damage.
Unless you mess up an drive the nozzle into the bed like I did on many occasions, when learning how to adjust the bed leveling and nozzle height.

Today I am using OctoPrint for the First time. Printing simotanoiulsly on both 3D Printers while printing on these unknown bed surfaces.
I have installed a few plugins like EMERGENCY STOP stop but can not seem to locate where it is.

Any help in this making OcotPrint work to top performance would be appreciated. Direct me to where and what to install.

Re: BuildTak Removal
January 19, 2018 08:09PM
Well today I Cut the ties with 2013hictech build surface, had more problem than it is worth.

Back too printing on the Vinyl Transfer Paper Tape. ( I have had more failed models in the circular file in a week than I had in can't remember back that far with my Vinyl Transfer Paper Tape.)
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