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Printing Challenges

The DIY 3D Printing community, while rapidly growing, is still pretty young. In the pursuit of a good quality print one of he most important factors is getting your first layer to stick to the build platform. The common solution used by the community is to put blue painters tape onto the build platform. What the tape does is provide a texture that the plastic can stick to which can also be removed without too much effort. My problem with this tape solution is that it adds extra work to the printing process as well as creates a dependency on tape. Out of curiosity I tried to figure out some settings which would allow me to print directly onto the glass. You can see some of my results below the cut.

As seen in the picture above my experiments were a partial success. While I have yet to perfect these settings I am convinced that it should be possible to consistently print directly to glass. More on my settings and experiments to come.


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