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How To: Apply Smooth Platform Tape

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You’re not wrong, @Matt_Dexter, our Productors are fairly wizardly. But luckily they share their secrets!

One of our videos has the answer for perfectly applying your kapton tape. Watch from the 0:35 mark. With a little practice and patience, yours too will be smooth as a baby’s build platform.

 

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Applying Kapton Tape Without Bubbles

Zaggo's method for aligning and applying Kapton tape without bubbles

Zaggo's method for aligning and applying Kapton tape without bubbles

Veteran MakerBot Cupcake operator Zaggo recently documented and published his method for aligning and applying Kapton tape to a smooth surface without bubbles.  Anyone who has tried to put tape onto anything has probably had some trouble getting the tape to align properly and, if it’s being affixed to a smooth surface, removing any bubbles from under the tape.  Once the tape is down it’s either difficult to remove, introduces more bubbles and wrinkles when you lift it, or it can cause more bubbles, wrinkles, and misalignments when you lay it down again.

Zaggo has helpfully created a video (with awesome music!) to demonstrate his process.  If you’ve got one of the new Aluminum Build Surfaces for the Thing-O-Matic, you’re definitely going to want to check out this tutorial.

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In case you’ve got YouTube blocked, his process basically involves cutting the Kapton to size, applying soapy water liberally to his glass surface, putting the Kapton and onto the wet soapy glass.  The soapy water will keep the Kapton from sticking, so you can easily move it around and align it.  Then he used a scraper (or squeege?) to squeeze out the water and any bubbles.  Once it dries, it should be stuck on perfectly.

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Paper/Kapton Automated Build Platform Conveyor Belt Replacement

Paper/Kapton ABP Conveyor Belt by AVataRR

Paper/Kapton ABP Conveyor Belt by AVataRR

New Thing-O-Matic owners will be pleased to know that your robot kits will be shipped with pre-formed pre-assembled conveyor belts.  For everyone else, the MakerBot store has these in stock.  I’ve got one installed in my Thing-O-Matic and it doesn’t snag or pull apart as my self-assembled one sometimes did.  Assembling the automated build platform conveyor belt from the die cut PET parallelogram and Kapton tape can be challenging, especially without a friend to help.

Thingiverse Citizen AVataRR just uploaded his method for creating a paper/Kapton ABP conveyor belt using regular A4 paper, a tracing of the die cut plastic belt, and Kapton tape.  For those of you without a die cut plastic belt on hand, you could always use Mraiser’s scan of the belt.  When asked in the comments about the risk of fire, he explained:

I think as long as the paper is kept away from naked flames or sparks, it should be right. The auto ignition temperature of paper is ~450 degrees C. The ABP only goes up to 110 degrees C and the plastruder hovers between ~220 to ~230 degrees C during printing.

Clearly, someone has read his Ray Bradbury.  Awesome work AVataRR!

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