Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about GeckoTek products. If you have a question not listed here or need clarification on anything, don’t hesitate to contact us!

We’re so glad you asked! GeckoTek Build Plates are the first build surface scientifically developed specifically for 3D printing. We designed each coating to have the optimal properties to allow you to spend more time printing and less time gluing and scraping.

Almost all ABS, PLA, PETT, PETG, TPE and nylon filaments can be printed with GeckoTek. See the user guide for more details.

Many slicing software automatically includes a single layer outline of the part to prime the extruder and hotend prior to starting the print. These cannot be removed by flexing the build plate. Usually picking at it with your fingernail is enough to peel up a small portion of it. If that doesn’t work, you can use the point of a razor blade to pick up a portion of the layer. Do not scrape with a metal blade or it will damage the coating.

We do! Contact us for wholesale pricing. Custom graphics and sizes are available.

Shipping

Most orders ship within 48 hours, if not much sooner.

All orders are shipped from our office in Cincinnati, OH.

We use USPS Priority Mail for domestic orders, and USPS First Class and Priority International on most overseas orders. We can also ship via DHL. If you need your order shipped by a different carrier, please contact us for a quote.

EZ-Stik

It’s pretty easy to remove the sheets once they are worn out and only takes a few minutes. We use a high strength polymer film base so it comes off cleanly in one piece. The adhesive is meant to be strong so it takes a little force to peel it up but if you go slow and carefully it’s not difficult.

Super easy! At least we think so. The sheets easily cut to size with scissors and are made from thick polymer film to help prevent bubbles from forming. Anyone can do it if you take you time and be careful.

About 0.018″ thick.

The setting for EZ Stik are very similar to what is used for GeckoTek Build Sheets. The exact settings vary based on the 3D printer and filament. Set the extruder according to the filament manufacturer’s recommended temperature. We find the following to be the best bed temperatures to use with EZ Stik Hot.

ABS: 100-110C

PLA: 50-60C

PETG: 80-100C

Nylon: 30-50C

Each sheet, if used properly, will last over 100 prints without losing adhesion. It depends on the printer, filament and what parts you print. The adhesion will slowly reduce over many prints so it’s up to you how often you want to replace it. Many customers have reported over 300 prints with GeckoTek Build Plates.

EZ Stick works great with most types of auto leveling. Here are the different types of sensors that work.

Inductive proximity sensors: This is the type of probe used by Printrbot and others and it work great with EZ Stick. An induction sensor will not detect EZ Stick directly because they are non-conductive but will sense the stock conductive surface beneath it. Once you apply the EZ Stick surface, either add 0.45mm to the z-offset or go through the sensor calibration process again.

Physical Touch sensors: EZ Stick surfaces work great with touch sensors that sense using some type of limit switch. Even those that use the nozzle while it is heated work great. We have tested this with the nozzle heated up to 200C, and it can come into repeated direct contact with the print surface without damaging it.

Ultimaker 3 Active Leveling System (Capacitive Sensing): After doing a little research, the Ultimaker 3 Active Leveling should work great with EZ Stick. This gives a great explanation of how it works.  They use capacitive sensing between the nozzle and the aluminum heater plate in the bed. That relies on the glass surface being non-conductive. EZ Stick is also non-conductive, so it should be a perfect fit with the Ultimaker 3 Active Leveling system.

This may happen with prints that have a large area attached to the build surface. For PLA prints that won’t come off when the bed cools to room temperature, we recommend warming the bed to about 40°C.

Build Plates

HT refers to our build plates designed to be used on heated printer beds, and RT plates are for unheated beds.

This happens sometimes with larger parts. The peeling forces can be so high that it pulls the build plate off the magnets. You can add a few binder clips to the edges to hold the build plate down.

The HT build plates can print nearly any part in PLA when heated to 50C. However, some users find that they get better quality PLA prints when not using a heated bed.

We have customers that report over 300 prints on a single build plate. The exact number depends on the usage. If you take proper care of your build plates, they will last well over 100 prints. We estimate the average user will get 1-2 years of use out of the plates.

Not much! We recommend wiping the surface down with isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth every 5-10 prints to keep the build plates free of dirt and oils.

They are. However, it is just sheet metal, so it is possible to bend them too far. Light pressure with fingertips is all that is needed to remove parts.

The vast majority of parts will print perfectly with no raft or brim. This leads to nicer looking parts and less material use. Some extremely difficult large parts (> 9″ long) may need a small brim to prevent slight lifting at the corners.

Magnetic Bases

Magnetic bases are precision machined aluminum plates with embedded magnets. They allow for quick and easy attachment of GeckoTek Build Plates to your 3D printer. We highly recommend getting a magnetic base to get the most out of your Build Plate.

We are in the process of expanding our magnetic base selection. We would love to get your feedback on which printers to support. Please let us know if you would like a magnetic base made for your printer.