The Build Platform

In This Chapter

  • Materials commonly used for build platforms
  • The purpose of heated beds and build chambers
  • Different surface treatments to improve adhesion

When it comes to 3D printers, every part on the machine is important to its functionality. That’s true even for things that seem simple and uncomplicated, like the build platform (also called a print bed or build plate). The build platform is actually just as crucial as any of the other parts and can be just as complicated.

The build platform is where the printer actually deposits the plastic to make the part. This seems straightforward, but in order for the print ...

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