EZ-Stik User Guide
If you have not yet attached EZ-Stik to your build surface, see the section on Installing EZ-Stik.
There are 2 versions of EZ-Stik:
- EZ-Stik Hot is for 3D Printers with a heated bed.
- EZ-Stik Cold is for 3D printers without a heated bed.
The most important thing you can do is ensure that you have the print bed leveled correctly. Every 3D printer has its own procedure for leveling, so check your user manual for instructions regarding leveling your 3D printer.
When printing on EZ-Stik, there is no need to 'squish' the first layer. Instead you will get the best adhesion with an accurate first layer thickness.
Below is a list of typical settings that work for most materials. There are variations between different filament brands, so the best settings will vary. More information is available in the Category:Filaments. All temperatures in degrees Celsius.
- Do not exceed 110C on the print surface or 240C for the extruder on the first layer. Extruder temperature can be increased after the first layer.
- EZ-Stik Cold is not intended to be heated but it can be used at up to 50C to increase adhesion. Do not exceed 240C on the extruder for the first layer. Temperature can be increased after the first layer.
In general, the higher the temperatures the more adhesion the part will have to the surface. If you have issues with peeling, try increasing the bed temperature by 10C. If you are having a hard time removing a part, try decreasing the bed temperature by 10C.
Allow the printed part and build platform to cool completely before attempting to remove the part.
Once the surface has cooled, it is common to be able to remove parts by lifting at the corner with your hand. More difficult parts may require a tool to get under the part. We recommend using our plastic removal tool. Press the edge of the removal tool against one edge of the part. Press gently against the part and wiggle to tool back and forth. If the part doesn't release then move to a different area of the part. It may not seem like you are making progress, but eventually the part will come loose.
Maintenance and cleaning
There is little maintenance required with EZ-Stik surfaces. The surface is not especially sensitive to fingerprints and it is not required to clean the surface between prints. However we recommend cleaning EZ-Stik every 5-10 prints or as needed with a soft towel and a 70:30 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol. Cleaning wipes can be purchased from GeckoTek.
Simply pull EZ-Stik sheet from the surface of your printer. If adhesive patches remain, they can be removed by soaking in Goo Gone or professional liquid adhesive remover.