Tricky is what we call cleaning a 3D printer. You can ask anyone who has done this before. It is a very delicate process and you must make sure to do this efficiently otherwise you can end up damaging your expensive 3D printer.
Usually, 3D printer beds are filled with residue left behind from filaments and grime and removing it isn’t as easy as you may have thought. However, if you don’t clean it, the issues that will arise are the worst. Not cleaning a 3D printing bed means there will be reduced adhesion. The products you print will not have precision while the quality will be lowered down.
So, how to clean 3D printer bed? Here is everything you need to know.
Cleaning Out a Glass Printing Bed!
A glass printing bed is the universal print surface in a 3D printer. Most high-end printers use borosilicate glass as their printing surfaces. It is exceptional when it comes to delivering optimal heat to the printing surface and is also very easy to clean.
How often should you clean a glass printing bed depends on how much you use your printer. We don’t suggest regular thorough cleaning but what you can do is scrape the surface every time you print something so that no filament residue is left behind. It will also prevent grime buildup.
Eventually you will notice how your prints don’t stick to the printing bed anymore. Take that as an indication and it is time for you to do more than just scraping the printing bed.
How to Clean 3D Printer Bed?
Glass beds are the most preferred type of printing surface among 3D printers. The science behind this is that they make printing 3D models a whole lot easier. The results are smooth and crystal clear which is why we prefer it.
As we have mentioned earlier, the preferred method of cleaning a printing surface is to crape it every time you print. To increase the efficiency of this process, raise the temperature of the printing bed so it matches the melting point of the filament residue. Once the heat is high enough, you will be able to easily scrape the entire thing off.
Don’t forget to be gentle during this process so that you don’t end up damaging your printing surface.
Also, some times, scraping may not be enough to clean a 3D printing surface. This is where you may want to use soap and water. It is imperative that you detach your printing bed from the machine before using water on it.
Apply soap on the surface and leave it there for a few minutes. The residue will easily come off when you rinse it with water. If this doesn’t work try using advanced cleaning detergents like sterile, alcohol pads or acetone.
Pat it dry and insert the surface inside the printer and you’re good to go.
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