Inkjet Gloss Paper Magnetic Build Plate : DOES NOT WORK!


#1

A while back I had read somewhere that inkjet photo printer papers had some kind of plastic coating to permit sharper ink prints. On my other Prusa type printer, I use sticky vinyl drawer liners as PLA sticks well to it, but the heat of the print makes bubbles under the vinyl and, on hard platform, after 1 or 2 prints, it gets damaged. The magnetic build plate used by @ibisonline for his Self-made Vinyl Cutter, gave me an idea to try magnetic base photo paper for PLA printing. I purchased “Gloss white magnet sheets” for inkjet printers from Staples.ca (Office Depot in US), 4 8"1/2x11" sheets per package for about $11 Cdn. So far I did 3 prints, and they all stick perfectly well without any glue stick. Also they come off easily by bending the 1mm thick magnetic sheet.

First test structure;

Second test structure, 110mmx110mm square, 0.25mm high. (image is noisy, not enough light). 1 Layer sticks very well,

Third print:

Now I don’t know how long the paper will last but after 3 prints the paper shows no damage or bubbling. I can see some print marks, almost like a thin film of oil residue but prints stick so far without any glue stick help. I’ll keep printing on it to see how long one sheet will last. So far I am amazed!

Update: Paper surface got damaged on 4th print! I spoke to soon, it is not a good alternative!


#2

lol… it DOES work… just not for very long! :stuck_out_tongue: I suppose they’re handy if you just need it for a couple of prints… but not very useful in the long run.


#3

Yes, it is an Emergency print surface! :disappointed_relieved: After a few prints, the top layer of the paper gets stuck to PLA. I think the reason is the coating of the paper wears out. Now, I am going to experiment with some quick drying spray coatings I have from my old Darkroom photo days, to see if I can come up with a solution. In the mean time, back to old faithful glass plate and glue stick, which always works!


#4

What are your thoughts on Buildtak-style plates? Mine’s working out well for me so far (although I only print in PLA) huge quality of life improvement for me over glue sticks.


#5

I have not tried the magnetic plate I received with the Upgrade kit, which I think is identical to Buildtak. In my case the difficulty with the glass plate is that PLA sticks very strongly and if there is a big base to the print, it is very difficult to separate it and the chisel is deadly! I can see the convenience of a flexible platform that is why I was trying different “cheap” ideas. Now that I have the steel plate back on Flux for the inkjet paper experiment, I will start using the Flux magnetic Buildtak type base for a while to see how long the surface will last.

Update: Started to use the Flux magnetic base and I like it a lot so far, prints stick well and after 7 hours of printing medium and small items, no visible surface damage.


#6

it wont last very long as their setting for 170 during calib and leveling is too hot and leaves melted pot marks in it. Its not buildtak by any means as I use buildtak on a 12x12 glass mirror from Lowes on my modified CR-10 and sadly that machine outperforms this Delta+ in everyway (3D printing that is) I gave up on the magnetic plate after prints stopped sticking and got a boro glass 3mm thick disc with elmers purple glue stick and worked* great until the new firmware 1.6.86.