Don’t panic, if it doesn’t stick

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ABS is great! It’s strong, a bit flexible and thanks to the heated bed you can easily use it with the CraftBot PLUS. But sometimes there are prints that just won’t stick to the printing bed.

We’ve collected some basic hints to help you succeed.

 

Leveling

Make sure you’ve leveled your printing bed properly, or it might cause the print to fail right at the beginning.

 

Temperature

Wait until the bed has reached it’s desired temperature (the CraftBot PLUS can go over 100°C) or otherwise your print wouldn’t stick to the bed and it can also warp after a few layers. Also, keep in mind, that although ABS is best used in a well ventilated room for it’s unpleasant smell, the printing area should be shielded from stray drafts of wind, because it might cool down parts of your print rapidly which is a major cause of warping.

 

Some tinkering
If your object somehow still doesn’t want to stay in place while printing, you might want to apply some kind of treatment on your printer bed for extra adhesion. Cover the bed with PTE/kapton/blue painter’s tape, or apply a thin layer of ABS slurry (which is some leftover ABS filament dissolved in acetone), or more simple; a little hairspray.

 

If everything fails

Still no success? We strongly advise you to check some of our topics on CraftUnique’s forum, because we have an awesome and helpful community, always there to give you some friendly advice.

 

Optional links to topics:

https://craftunique.com/forums/viewthread/1429

https://craftunique.com/forums/viewthread/769 (perfboard! interesting!)

https://craftunique.com/forums/viewthread/1167 (a bit harsh in it’s title, but worth reading)

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