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GeckoTek HT Build Plate User Guide

Overview

The GeckoTek HT build plate is the next generation of build surface for Fused Filament 3D printers without a heated bed. The GeckoTekHT Build Plate provides a specially tailored level of adhesion to your printed parts to help prevent peeling, while still allowing easy part removal. If used properly your build plate will last you 100’s of prints. It has been primarily developed for printing with ABS and PLA, but works with many other common 3D printing materials.Most objects should be printable without any raft or brim.

Step1: Attach the build plate

The best way to attach the Build Plate to your printer is with a GeckoTek Magnetic Base. If you do not have a magnetic base then it can be held down with binder clips or tape. Be sure to re-level your printers build platform with the Build Plate in place. Running the extruder into the build plate will damage it. Step 2: Best Printing Practices The GeckoTek Build platesare designed to be a worry free build surface for your 3D printer. Using it correctly requires a different mindset then printing on Glue stick or Kapton tape. For instance, there is no need to ‘squish’ the first layer into the build platform. When using a GeckoTek Build Plate, it is more reliable with an accurate first layer thickness. We recommend that you start with a slightly higher z home position than you normally print at and then move the extruder down as needed. This will also help avoid damaging the build plate. The recommended Setting for ABS

Step 2: Best Printing Practices The GeckoTek Build

The GeckoTek Build platesare designed to be a worry free build surface for your 3D printer. Using it correctly requires a different mindset then printing on Glue stick or Kapton tape. For instance, there is no need to ‘squish’ the first layer into the build platform. When using a GeckoTek Build Plate, it is more reliable with an accurate first layer thickness. We recommend that you start with a slightly higher z home position than you normally print at and then move the extruder down as needed. This will also help avoid damaging the build plate. The recommended Setting for ABS

The recommended Setting for ABS are 230C for the extruder and 110C for the print bed. For PLA heat the bed to 60-70C. For other print materials, use the recommended print settings. Do not exceed 110C for the bed temperature or extruder temperatures of 245C. When using a print material other than ABS or PLA, do a small test part to see if the material will damage the coating before doing a large part.There are many different types of filament and printers out there and we can’t test them all. We will post recommended settings on our website as they become available. 

Step 3: Part Removal

When printing is finished, let the machine cool down to room temperature, remove the plate and gently flex it to aid in part removal. Do not over flex the build plate or it will bend and never sit flat again.The best strategy is to use your

When printing is finished, let the machine cool down to room temperature, remove the plate and gently flex it to aid in part removal. Do not over flex the build plate or it will bend and never sit flat again.The best strategy is to use your finger tips to lightly bend the plate back a forth a few times. Then rotate the plate 90 degrees and flex it back and forth again. If the part is still be attached it should easy to remove by hand. Do not worry if a print leaves light marks on your build plate. This is normal and will not affect the performance. IF you are having trouble removing a part try using a plastic spatula to pry the part off. Using a metal scraper or blade to remove part can result in injury and/or damage to the plate. If you have a single layer that you cannot remove by hand the best solution is to print over it. It will come off with the next print.

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