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How do you clean the print bed?

August 08, 2020 1 min read

How do you clean the print bed?

All of Common Fibers' 3D print beds use a chemical resistant epoxy resin system.  This means they won't react to even the toughest chemicals and cleaners.  However, if you are printing at the correct temperatures and are not using any adhesives, you really shouldn't need to clean your bed too often.  When we do, we clean our print beds with acetone, paint degreaser, or isopropyl alcohol.  Use gloves when using these chemicals. 

We recommend a quick wide of paint degreaser between prints to eliminate any oils left behind from your fingers.  This is likely the biggest culprit for a bad print.  The oils on your hands greatly inhibit bed adhesion. 

If you end up using an adhesive that leaves behind excessive amounts of residue, DO NOT SCRAPE OR SCRUB the surface of your print bed with anything more than a soft rag or paper towel.  Instead, soak three paper towels in acetone or IPA and lay them flat on the print bed for 10-15 minutes.  Remove the soaked rags and give the bed a gentle wipe.  All residue should be gone and you are ready to get printing again!


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