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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: joshua@makergeeks.com
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 (joshua@makergeeks.com)
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… http://makergeeks.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-lot-of-work-but-worth-it-by-alan-c.html

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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