Apr 17, 2017 | By Tess
Ohio-based startup GeckoTek, which came onto the 3D printing scene in 2014 with its GeckoTek Build Plates, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new EZ Stick 3D Printer Build Surface. So far, the campaign has raised nearly $8,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Most makers, at some point in their lives, will have faced the frustration that arises when a print does not adhere properly to a print bed, resulting in a warped or completely ruined model. To combat printing disappointments, people have gone to great lengths—spending money on adhesive sprays, or using the more DIY approach of spraying their print beds with hairspray. Ultimately though, wouldn’t the easiest solution be a print bed with the right adhesive properties?
GeckoTek’s new EZ Stick 3D Printer Build Surface promises makers an easy and hassle-free print removal, as the build plate’s material composition allows prints to removed in a quick and easy way. Built from the ground up from a durable high-temperature polymer film, the new EZ Stick 3D printer build surface also helps to prevent warping and works well with a variety of materials, including ABS, PLA, PETG, Flexible, Nylon, and more.
So what sets the new EZ Stick build surface apart from GeckoTek’s previous product? Well, unlike the Build Plates, the new 3D printed build surface can be cut and trimmed to fit onto a build plate of any shape or size. Users can simply cut the plastic film using standard scissors and apply it to their printer’s build plate in just seconds thanks to a high-temperature, pressure-sensitive adhesive backing.
According to the Cincinnati-based startup, its 3D printer build surfaces have undergone rigorous testing, including a thousand hours of print testing and about 200 different formulas. “We have torture-tested these Build Surfaces with all major printer brands to make sure that every EZ Stick Build Sheet will last for over 100 prints,” said the company.
The 3D printer build surface is also easy to maintain, as users are simply instructed to wipe down the surface with an alcohol cleaning pad (provided by GeckoTek) every five to 10 prints. By following the care instructions, users should have no problems removing their prints from the innovative print bed surface, especially with the help of GeckoTek’s non-scratch removal tool.
The startup is currently offering two versions of its EZ Stick 3D printer build surface: EZ Stick Cold, for non-heated print beds, and EZ Stick Hot, which is optimized for use on heated print beds. The build plate covers are also available in a range of different sizes.
GeckoTek, which received lots of positive feedback from its first build plates (also launched via a Kickstarter campaign), will be using the same suppliers and infrastructure from its first campaign to deliver its new build plates. According to the company, it has shipped over 5,000 units of its Build Plate.
In terms of rewards, the company is offering backers an early bird deal which includes either a large or small EZ Stick build surface for $19. Regular offers include a small EZ Stick for $19, a medium EZ Stick for $24, a large one for $29, or an extra-large one for $39. The Kickstarter campaign will be running until May 13, 2017.
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