What’s on your buildplate tonight?
Building a good, lasting house needs a solid ground. Your prints need a steady base as well, therefore the buildplate is an important part of your 3d printer.
Most 3d printers come with a heated bed, made mostly out of borosilicate glass (the material that the oven doors and lab equipment are made of), since it can withstand a great amount of heat, and it has a nice smooth surface, but there might be other options, such as ceramic (used also for its good heat resistance and surface finish), or various types of metals.
When choosing a 3d printer, go for one where the heating unit and the actual buildplate are separate parts, so you can easily take the latter out of the printer, for it has some certain advantages. For example, in case you want to apply some sort of treatment on it, like ABS juice or hairspray, you don’t have to be afraid that the inside of your printer will be covered with all that stuff.
Even simply sticking on a few stripes of masker tape, or a kapton sheet gets much more easier, and when it comes to removing a print, that is really stuck to the plate, you can be sure, that your printer is safe and you won’t be jamming a putty knife into a vital inner part of your printer (oh, don’t even ask… just don’t).
For a good mechanical grip there are some interesting third-party solutions that you can simply stick/attach on top of the print bed. Like a perfboard, which is basically a fiberglass/plastic/metal board, with hundreds of tiny holes on it, which will keep a print from curling up (just be sure to use a raft!), or you can try various brands like Build Tak, Fleks 3D, GeckoTek and many-many others.
For more check out the perfboard thread in our forum: https://craftunique.com/forums/view-thread/769