ToyBuilder Labs 3D Print Removal Tool
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A must-have companion for your printer
"Simply the most invaluable tool so far for 3d printing. Such a simple tool but I can't imagine printing without it now." - Terry B.
"I love the tapered thickness. Flexible at the end, rigid in the middle. It peels off my 3D prints from the build plate without damaging the build plate." - Tigerstyle
This palette knife is a great tool to use with your 3D printer!
The 120-mm long flexible blade is useful for taking parts off the print bed.
Remove prints from your 3D printer's bed without damaging the bed or the print. Works really well with blue tape, Kapton, glass and many others.
The thin blade can be used like a feeler gauge to set a consistent gap between your nozzle and the print bed. If you have been tramming (leveling) your heated print bed with a piece of paper, your fingers will thank you!
Available individually, or in 3-piece, 5-piece or 10-piece bundles.
To remove prints off the bed, work the edge of the tool under a corner of the print, approximately half-way between the tip of the blade and the handle. Next, use a sawing motion to get the tool under the rest of the print to separate it from the bed. Tilting or twisting the blade slightly will help speed up the lifting of the print. When tilting the blade, twist the handle counter-clockwise if you're working from the right side of the print. (If you are left-handed and starting from the left, twist the tool clockwise.)
If you cannot get the blade under the print to start, bring the left edge of the tool against a right-side corner of the print and twist the handle clockwise. Repeat until the corner lifts up enough to allow the blade to start getting under the print.
If the print is firmly stuck to the print bed, try pushing the tool so that the handle is closer to the print. This brings the thicker part of the blade (closest to the handle) under the object and acts as a wedge to help pry the part up. Wiggle the blade loose and repeat.
If the print is stuck too firmly to remove with the tool, you may need to slightly increase your starting nozzle elevation. The idea is to have the print stick firmly to the bed during printing, but still be removable with the tool. Do not use the tool as a pry bar. When used correctly, this tool will last a very long time.
When using the tool as a leveling gauge, use the same spot of the blade, 1/2 way between the tip and the handle, to get a consistent "feel" between the nozzle and the bed as you adjust the bed leveling screws. For best results, measure the gap with the nozzle directly over each adjustment screw (if your printer allows it). Then, after the gap is set consistently over the entire bed, make identical turns of the adjustment screws to bring the entire bed up or down to the final gap height. Note that the final adjustment may be very small - as little as 1/8th of a turn of the screw.