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You can do some pretty neat stuff with just a glass bed and some painter’s tape.
Here’s how it works.
- Printing on a glass bed gives a smooth, glossy bottom layer.
- Printing on painter’s tape gives a textured, matte bottom layer.
Apply painter’s tape to the glass bed, then cut some designs into the tape with an Exacto knife to create an artistic matte vs. gloss contrast.
Step 1: Clean Your Glass Bed
Step 2: Tape And Cut
Step 3: Print And Peel
- Make sure you’re print bed is perfectly level. This has a tremendous impact when printing large flat pieces.
- Thoroughly clean your glass bed before printing. A little acetone, a few paper towels, and some elbow grease go a long way.
- Use a large layer height for the bottom layer. I often go with 0.35 mm – 0.4+ mm. This helps offset the height difference between tape and glass.
- Use a wide extrusion width for the first layer. I usually go with 200% (computed over height) in my Slic3r settings.
- Sketch your design on the masking tape in pencil before cutting it away. An eraser is your friend.
- If you have access to a laser cutter, you can try cutting your design with that. It will be more precise than you will be by hand.
- Apply a light solution of Elmer’s glue in water to your glass bed to ensure the layer sticks.
- Get creative! Experiment with the process. It’s what 3D printing is all about.