REMOVING MODELS FROM BUILD PLATE
It is always recommended to remove the build plate from the print bed before removing your print from the build plate. Attempting to remove the part from the build plate while it is still on the print bed can affect leveling of the bed or cause damage to the printer.
For densely built or large size objects, it is recommended to remove the parts while the build plate is still warm. Be sure to use safety gloves when necessary. Utilize the part removal tools provided in the tool kit to gently lift up the prints. If the plate is allowed to cool before removal, it can be additionally difficult to remove prints from the build plate. It is better to heat up the plate on the hot bed to the same temperature used to print these objects before removal. It will then be easier to remove our printed objects off the plate without unnecessary wear.
It is NOT recommended to pop or pull up printed parts by hand. This can lift up the print surface material off the build plate, causing air bubbles to form underneath. This causes premature wear and can create uneven surfaces on the build plate. Use the part removal tools provided in the tool kit to slide under the part and remove it from the bed.
It is NOT recommended to attempt to remove parts from the build plate while it is still on the printer. Always remove build plate from hot bed before removing parts.
REMOVING SUPPORT MATERIAL
Some objects will need a support material to be printed properly. In general, when an overhang is more severe than 60°, the part will need support to print. There are three methodologies with support material:
- Same material support: In this method, the same nozzle that prints the main part also prints the support structure. The gap between support and the density of support can be tuned to balance surface finish and support removal. This support needs to be broken away manually and can leave unattractive surface features. It is however, the easiest to utilize.
- Different material support: This method uses the second nozzle to print a different material than your part material for support. PLA, for example, does not bond well to other plastics. As such, it can be used as a good support material when printing in ABS or PETG. This option allows you to print support closer to the part and get a better surface finish. PLA is also significantly cheaper than buying soluble support.
- Soluble support: This method produces the highest quality surface finish and can be used to support areas that can not be reached after the print finishes. Soluble support such as PVA can be dissolved in water, or HIPS can be dissolved in over the counter chemicals. The downside to this method is the cost of the support material and the messy process of dissolving the support.