I have finally received my Buccaneer Pirate 3D printer and just started playing around with it. Got off a shaky start of broken filaments and poor adhesion of the layers, but all is resolved through the easy to understand re-calibration instructions and various youtube videos from the homepage.

One other problem remains though, and that is the difficulty of removing the final product from the print bed! Sounds like a good problem to have as it usually means the model came out well, but after a few times of brute-force prying the printed model and scraping the remaining debris off the sticky print bed, it is soon apparent that this is not the way to go for long as the adhesive print bed is taking too much damage.

Surfed around the net a bit, realised that for PLA filaments, two cheap solutions exists, and this instructable is to share with you the stuffs i learnt and discovered along the way and also the experience of using the two methods:

1) Using glue stick

2) Using blue painter's tape

Step 1: Model to Be Printed

The model to be printed is created in Solidworks as a *.prt file and then subsequently converted to a *.stl file. Holes are added in to the model to reduce material usage as four pieces with different settings will be printed as comparison.

<p>You should really give the blue painter's tape a try. It has this waxy coating on the blue side that allows you to peel the part off the tape without removing the tape from the bed. Also, make yourself a little scraper removal tool like this http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:187441</p>
<p>Ta for linking my tool, Skovgaar #;&not;) </p><p>I now print PLA onto a glass plate using my 'special brew' : Small spray bottle filled with water and two teaspoons of sugar and a teaspoon of PLA glue added - Shake well. </p><p>A squirt of this onto the plate and then spread it over the print area with a sponge (I use soft side of pan scourer). once the plate heats up (50 degrees) the plate will have a tackiness which adheres well to the PLA being laid down.</p><p>After a few uses there will be a build-up of this on the plate so I just use the sponge very lightly moistened to spread it around and restore the tackiness.</p>
<p>This process looks to be way above my &quot;pay scale&quot;, but I like to fish, so, I am envisioning making fishing lures with this process.</p>
I am always use a cutter help to take it out. It printed at glued surface or clean glass.
<p>Great 3D printing tutorial</p>

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