How do I detach the pieces from the platter without damaging both elements?

Detaching parts from the print bed without damaging either the workpiece or the bed requires delicacy and attention. Here’s a proper procedure to do it:

  • CHECK THE PRINT TEMPERATURE AND SPEED OF THE FIRST LAYER: Make sure that the print temperature of the first layer is correct. Too high a temperature can cause excessive adhesion between the workpiece and the platter. Conversely, a temperature that is too low can lead to weak adhesion. Adjust the temperature according to the material you are using.
  • AVOID GLUE ABUSE: Do not overapply glues or adhesives to the surface of the print bed. Too much glue can make it difficult for parts to detach.
  • DON’T SQUEEZE THE FIRST LAYER TOO MUCH: When printing the first layer, make sure the extruder head doesn’t over-crush the material on the surface of the plate. This can increase adhesion and make detachment more difficult. Keep in mind that parts with a lot of surface area in contact with the print bed will tend to stick more.
  • USE A SPATULA: Use a spatula to remove the pieces from the plate, especially if you have used a Brim or if the piece is well adhered to. Use the spatula gently to avoid damage.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE ANGLE OF THE SPUDGER: Make sure that the spatula does not have too high an angle when using it. Tilting too much can damage the platter. Use the spatula at a flatter angle than the print bed.

CORRECT PROCEDURE:

  • COOLING: After completing the print, allow both the printed part and the print bed to cool. This can help reduce the adhesion between the two.
  • CHECK ADHESION: Check if the workpiece is excessively adhered to the plate. Use the spatula to figure out the degree of adhesion.
  • CREATE TENSION: To detach the part, tilt the build bed slightly while holding the part in place. This creates a tension that can facilitate detachment.

IF THE WORKPIECE DOES NOT COME OFF IMMEDIATELY:

  • Avoid forcing the platter too much to avoid breakage.
  • Use the spatula to create a small distance between the plate and the molded part.