March 22, 2021
Like FDM 3D printing, ensuring a printed part sticks to an SLA machine's build plate is essential to successful resin 3D printing. Strong bed adhesion is especially crucial when printing with resin due to a large majority of SLA machines favoring the stereolithography method of generating a print that is hanging upside down. Add on the fact that SLA printing involves some suction between the print and an additional surface–an FEP film–and now there is another factor that can affect the print's attachment to the build plate.
With gravity pulling on your hanging print and the extra pulling force occurring from an FEP film (if it's not attached just right), it's no wonder that users strongly suggest printing on a build surface with a texture that the resin can hold onto. Most, if not all, resin 3D printers come with a textured build platform right out of the box. However, over time, the crevices in that texture naturally get filled up by resin after a couple of Liters. It's then recommended to sand the build platform to reproduce some of that texture.
Understandably, the gut reaction to hearing you need to take sandpaper to your machine that costs hundreds of dollars isn't great. So what's an alternative option to preserve the integrity of your build platform while still making sure those prints stick to it? Enter LayerLock SLA Resin 3D Printing Build Surface–a fantastic solution to achieving strong bed adhesion for Laser, DLP, and LCD/MSLA resins. This build surface is made of phenolic-like material that provides the necessary texture that resins can hold onto. Instead of scratching up the build platform, you can take the light 220g sandpaper provided with every LayerLock SLA sheet to this LayerLock surface instead, keeping your build platform pristine of any sanding. Successfully produce the beautiful intricate parts made out of many popular materials such as Peopoly Phenom Deft, AnyCubic UV Resin, Siraya Tech, MatterHackers' MH Build Epoxy-Free Photopolymer Resins, and many more with LayerLock SLA Resin 3D Printing Build Surface.
Installation of LayerLock SLA Resin 3D Printing Build Surfaces is fairly easy, but also critical for successful digital fabrication. Check out the steps below on how to properly install this sheet onto printers like the AnyCubic Photon, Elegoo Mars Pro 2, Peopoly Phenom L, Creality LD-002H, and more.
Don’t own one of our LayerLock SLA build surfaces? Check out the sizes we have in stock for various resin 3D printers here.
Note: After attaching the sheet onto the build plate in Step 4, you will notice that the sheet does not cover the entire build platform. This is intentional as some resin 3D printers use thick tape to hold the LCD screen and a little bit of one edge of the build platform lays over it. This can frequently cause uneven bed leveling–a contributor to poor bed adhesion. Some printers may have more exaggerated issues than others.
By sizing the LayerLock sheet to the LCD screen rather than the build platform, not only does this resolve the issue detailed above, it also ensures that you are still maximizing the entire print area so no print volume is lost.
Note: Please make sure you are not also printing with new resin if this is your first time printing with the newly installed LayerLock SLA Resin 3D Printing Build Surface. New resin means a new variable that may be affecting bed adhesion. We recommend first confirming bed adhesion can be achieved with a resin you are familiar with printing. Once that is confirmed, then print with the new resin using tips from this How To Succeed guide on how to generally fine-tune most photopolymer resins to your SLA printer.
That’s it for installation! Your new build surface is attached, everything is properly calibrated and you’re now ready to start successfully printing.
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