How To Succeed with LayerLock Garolite Construct Surfaces

One in all 3D printer customers’ biggest challenges is warping. Whether or not it’s resulting from poor mattress adhesion, moisture-filled filament, unstable atmosphere temperature, or some mixture of all three, each person has had their elements raise throughout the printing course of. Nylon and nylon-based filament, for instance, are supplies notoriously recognized for his or her susceptibility to warping throughout printing resulting from nylon having lack of rigidity, comparatively excessive shrink fee, and excessive hygroscopicity (absorbing water from the air).

We’ve an answer for that. Introducing our LayerLock Garolite Construct Surfaces—your one cease answer to attaining robust mattress adhesion for advanced-material printing. You may obtain higher mattress adhesion that’s designed for nylon and nylon-based filaments akin to NylonX and NylonG, in addition to commonplace filaments akin to PLA, PETG, TPU, and extra!

Set up for Numerous Printers/Strategies

Set up of LayerLock Garolite Construct Surfaces are pretty simple, but in addition important for profitable 3D printing. Take a look at the steps beneath on how you can correctly set up this garolite sheet onto your printer.

Don’t personal considered one of our garolite construct surfaces? Take a look at the sizes we’ve got in inventory for varied 3D printers right here.

Our religion in garolite extends to our Pulse XE—the 3D printer designed particularly to succeed with printing NylonX, NylonG, and different superior supplies because of the dependable garolite construct floor and hotend meeting setup that comes inventory with each printer.

Put together Construct Floor for Profitable Printing

Step 1 – Affirm Garolite Placement on Construct Plate

  • Earlier than making an attempt to connect the garolite sheet onto the mattress, we advocate you place the garolite on no matter construct plate you may be attaching it.
    • That is so you may affirm how you’ll place the garolite onto the mattress, if you’re happy with the way it will look, and that it’s suitable along with your printer.

Step 2 – Prep Construct Plate

  • When you affirm compatibility, placement and satisfaction, seize a paper towel and dab some isopropyl alcohol (ideally with an IPA of 90%+) on it.
  • Use that paper towel to wipe down the floor of the construct plate you may be attaching your garolite sheet to.
    • LayerLock Garolite Construct Surfaces might be hooked up to flexplates, glass beds, print beds, and every other strong floor your usually print on. Earlier than attaching these garolite construct surfaces in your construct plate, be sure that it’s on a floor you don’t intend to take away from afterward. Whereas these sheets aren’t completely caught to a construct plate and aren’t troublesome to take away, the sheet can’t be reattached as soon as eliminated.

Step 3 – Take away Tan Adhesive Liner

  • Now that your construct plate is clear of particles, take away the tan adhesive liner on the again of the garolite sheet half method.
    • Observe: The adhesive is tremendous sticky so please take additional time and care within the subsequent step when inserting the garolite sheet onto your construct plate.

Step 4 – Connect Garolite

  • Ranging from one edge, fastidiously apply the sheet to the naked construct plate through the use of one hand to easy down the Garolite sheet firmly onto the construct plate.
    • Observe: You can begin with any edge in your construct plate that you just really feel is best so that you can apply the garolite on. We have a tendency to begin with the left edge on our Pulse 3D printers as we discover that the simplest and most sensible methodology.
  • Slowly proceed smoothing the garolite down onto the print mattress along with your hand or a squeegee as you make your method to the half-point. Be certain to easy down the complete floor to stop any air bubbles between the construct plate and garolite sheet.

    • Observe: Skinny garolite sheets have some flexibility. Watch out to not over flex garolite sheets as this will trigger the garolite sheet to presumably crack.
  • As soon as on the half-point, slowly take away the remainder of the tan adhesive liner whereas additionally smoothing down the remainder of the garolite onto the construct plate till it’s fully hooked up.

Step 5 – Warmth Print Mattress and Nozzle

  • Warmth your print mattress and nozzle to the temperature you propose on printing with.
    • Observe: Everytime you print at a unique mattress and/or nozzle temperature, we advocate releveling your mattress and nozzle top as a result of optimum heights might fluctuate with completely different temperatures.

Step 6 – Calibrate Nozzle Peak and Mattress Leveling

  • Set the Z-height of your nozzle to about .25mm (usually the scale of a enterprise card) to begin.
    • To set your printer’s Z-height, please discuss with your particular printer’s instruction guide.
  • Re-level your print mattress in response to your particular printer’s directions.

Calibrate your z-height and degree your mattress in response to the advisable methodology to your particular printer. For this instance, we’re utilizing MatterControl for our Pulse 3D Printer.

Step 7 – Prep Construct Floor

  • To ensure you’re getting most mattress adhesion power, wipe down the floor of your construct plate with isopropyl alcohol that has an IPA of a minimum of 90%+ utilizing a paper towel.
    • We advocate you do that earlier than and after a print not just for most adhesion, but in addition as correct upkeep to increase your print mattress’s longevity.

Step 8 – Load Your Mannequin

  • Select any mannequin you need to your check print. We advocate one thing that’s small and fast akin to a skinny rectangle so you may regulate your first layer correctly.
Feel free to use any model you wish. We chose a thin rectangle because it make it much easier to see how the filament extrudes onto the bed.

Be at liberty to make use of any mannequin you want. We selected a skinny rectangle as a result of it makes analyzing how your printer extrudes filament a lot simpler for the subsequent step, babystepping.

Step 9 – Print and Alter (Babystepping)

  • Begin your print and take note of the skirt outdoors of the print.
    • Observe how the filament is adhering to the mattress and examine it to the graphic beneath.
Here you can tell the optimal nozzle height for your first layer.

Examine how your printer is presently extruding filament to the examples above.

When you’ve decided which of the three examples above matches how your printer is presently extruding filament, discuss with the next:

  • Too Excessive. In case your filament seems like a string quite than a barely smushed line in your construct floor, then your nozzle is simply too far. Slowly transfer the Z-height down in micro steps till you obtain the “Very best “ instance.
  • Very best. In case your filament seems like a barely smushed line in your construct floor, then you’ve achieved optimum Z-height. The width of the road ought to look in regards to the measurement of 1mm. No adjustment ought to be mandatory.
  • Too Low. In case your filament seems extraordinarily flat and is extruding filament in items, then you might be printing method too low. Increase your Z-height till it matches the “Very best” instance.
    • Observe: Keep away from printing too low as this will trigger many issues akin to strain construct up within the nozzle, filament grinding, warmth creep, or different extrusion associated points. This will additionally trigger the print to infuse with the mattress floor making it extraordinarily troublesome (typically even not possible) to take away a print. If you’ll be able to take away a print from the construct floor after printing too low, it could trigger harm to the floor. Because of this we advocate beginning greater than you usually would as it’s safer to begin too excessive than too low.

Step 10 – Repeat Till Glad (Optionally available)

  • In case you are unable to realize the best nozzle top the primary time round. Don’t sweat it! It may take a number of tries to precisely obtain an optimum nozzle top.
  • Repeat Steps 4 and 6 till you see your nozzle extruding at a perfect top.

That’s it for set up! Your new construct floor is hooked up, every part is correctly calibrated and also you’re now prepared to begin efficiently printing.

With our LayerLock Garolite Construct Surfaces, you’ll print NylonX, NylonG, and different commonplace filaments and not using a hitch.

Ultimate Upkeep Ideas

  • Bear in mind to all the time re-calibrate your z-height and re-level your mattress everytime you make massive modifications to your print settings akin to print velocity, mattress and nozzle temperature, and many others. A normal good rule of thumb: should you change between printing several types of filament, you need to re-calibrate your nozzle top and re-level your mattress.
  • We additionally advocate recalibrating your nozzle should you ever transfer your printer, make bodily changes to the nozzle/hotend, or there’s a firmware improve.
  • As with different construct surfaces, watch out when utilizing sharp objects to take away prints from the construct floor to keep away from knicks, scratches, and grooves within the floor.
  • For those who do have mild scratches in your garolite construct floor, use 220 grit sandpaper to frivolously sand the complete prime floor of the garolite mattress for a good floor.
    • Bear in mind to put on a masks whereas sanding to keep away from inhaling any particles.
  • Utilizing 220 grit sandpaper on this construct floor renews its robust mattress adhesion qualities so we advocate sanding the floor if warping happens.
  • Some filaments akin to PLA and PETG may have PVA glue.
  • Clear the floor earlier than and after a print utilizing 90%+ IPA isopropyl alcohol, particularly should you’ve used PVA glue.
    • For those who used PVA glue, add some water to a paper towel and wipe the glue off. Then return in with isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel for a closing clear wipe.

As all the time, we have got your again.

With this data beneath your belt, we do not count on you to run into any issues; however should you do, please don’t hesitate to contact a MatterHackers Technician at or by telephone at (949) 613-5838. We’re right here to assist!