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Help, my Flex EcoPLA Not Sticking

Good morning!! Just got an email from a client, we'll call him "Not so Sticky" and he bought a Duplicator 4 3D Printer from us and was having some trouble getting the Flex ECOPLA to stick to his print bed… I copy pasted our email chain about this as it might help out some of you if you are having a hard time with this type of filament… check it out below:

From: "Not so Sticky"To:
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:16 PM
Subject: Flex EcoPLA Not Sticking

Hi Joshua,
I bought a Duplicator 4 printer from you last month and some Flex EcoPLA.  I have not figured out how to get this stuff to stick reliably.  Any suggestions? I did not see much on your sight about this.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
--- "Not so Sticky"

Subject:Re: Flex EcoPLA Not Sticking
From:Joshua Smith (
To:--- "Not so Sticky"
Date:Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:22 AM

Hey "Not so Sticky", thank you again for your order and yea the Flex is a bit tricky on this part… the best I have had is when I print it with a slightly warm bed like maybe 40c and I also use either Frog tape or masking tape on the bed, then I take a knife and rough up the tape surface some, clean it with acetone several times and then apply 2-3 applications of ABS Juice, wait for it to dry (just a few minutes with the 40c heat on) and spray it with Aqua-Net Extra Strength hair spray… I know that's like hitting a finish nail with a sledge hammer but it works. 

Also, I had a client email me that he uses this stuff as a bed replacement and it works for everything, flex, nylon and anything else you can dream up…

Oh, one more trick is to use masking tape and take some superglue and cover the entire bed of tape with it in a thin layer and and then when the filament at temperature hits this layer it will bond to the superglue… I have never tried this, but I know it would work but from what I have heard the tape is permanently bonded to the bottom of the model and you would have to sand it off… ;(
Let me know what you think…

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  1. I purchased some of the Flex EcoPLA in black last year but had not used it until today. My initial print popped loose 30 or so layers in. I then turned on brim in Skeinforge with a width of 10 just like I do for Nylon and my prints worked great. Otherwise my settings are the same as for other PLA.

    70C bed
    210C nozzle
    printing on glass on which a thin layer of watered down PVA (Elmer's glue) has been wiped.


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