The GeckoTek RT build plate is the next generation of build surface for Fused Filament 3D printers without a heated bed. The GeckoTek RT 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 PLA, but has been successfully tested at room temperature with other materials including Laywood, Laybrick, NinjaFlex, Taulmans t-glase, and ColorFab xt. 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 plates are designed to be a worry free build surface for your 3D printer. Using it correctly requires a different mindset then printing on Acrylic or blue 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 most important factor to providing reliable printing and prolonging the life of your GeckoTek Build Plate is the nozzle temperature. The recommended extruder temperature for PLA is 200C for the first layer. Increasing the temperature will increase the level of adhesion, but decrease the useful life of the plate. For other materials use the recommended extruder temperature settings. The GeckoTek PLA Build Plate is designed to use at room temperature. Do not use this build plate above 50°C.
Step 3: Part Removal
When printing is finished, remove the plate and gently flex it to aid in part removal. Do not over flex the build plate or it will bend and no longer sit flat. 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 have a fragile or difficult to remove part, try placing the plate in your refrigerator. This will make it easier to remove. Using a metal scraper or blade to remove part can result in damage or injury. 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.