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Magigoo, trustworthy adhesion for perfect results November 06 2017

Do you know Magigoo? No? So let’s read this interview with nice guys from the company, which is producing this 3D printing adhesive. How they made products from their own needs and about the last upgrade for better usage.

 

Hello Magigoo! How are you?
Hi, we are excited to tell our story.

Your first product were born like two years ago. Everybody remember that time of creativity needed to fix prints to bed. Stick glue, super glue, hair spray etc. For those who don’t know you, why is Magigoo so effective print adhesive?
Initially as part of our offering we were providing 3D printing services.
This meant that we were printing constantly and at a point we were so frustrated with prints constantly failing and warping. The next step was to try what was available on the market. In all cases we weren’t satisfied. Some stuck to much, other not enough, some annoying to apply, others toxic and so on. Having tested everything else we knew exactly what we wanted and what we did.

Keith, one of the founders, is PhD in material sciences and decided to make a smart glue - something that would be easy to apply and that would release the print fairly easily at the same time allowing easy cleaning. This was initially just made for internal use, nothing fancy just a liquid in an old nutella jar in our printing lab, but it worked!!

It was only later that we decided to share it with others and transformed it from a ‘nutella jar’ to a market ready product. Now we had also finally given it its appropriate name ‘Magigoo’. So in all, we’d say Magigoo is done with a lot of care, by professionals specifically with 3D printing use in mind. Here extensive testing was done that batches are always giving the same sure adhesion and release. Some reformulations were done since its launch based on customer feedback and also to make sure it fits with the latest legislations and also keep safe to use.

From our users we have learned that Magigoo is not only used as a glue, but also due to its easy release as a release agent on PEI sheets or other beds which over-adhere. For example PEI sheets when printing using TPUs or PET.

 


There is some special legislation rules for “printing glue”?
Being a glue it falls within chemical legislations. This is predominantly the REACH regulation in Europe. If a product was to use biocides there would also be other restrictions in place.

You do have an upgraded new “head”, how did you come with this idea and why did you choose this form of it?
Actually the whole bottle has changed. With our last container with rubber applicator we gathered a lot of user feedback. In most of the cases what we heard is that user love Magigoo and it works as promoted, but the user experience of applying it was not that simple as we wished for.

So we tried out tens of applicators, spoke to multiple packaging companies worldwide and found what we think an ideal solution. The foam on a tip was chosen by us after going through months of research, testing on different surface at different surface temperatures and considering a whole list of other variables based on the previous lessons learnt.

The new applicator allows to distribute Magigoo in consistently even layer, something that would make Magigoo work even better. The flexible bottle gives you that extra control to squeeze more Magigoo if necessary.

We left a small part of our label transparent so that users could see how much of the glue is remaining, and to remind them to ‘shake it like they mean it’ before use.

I know it looks like a simple bottle, but in essence it is a two year evolution fueled by all the experiences and feedback. Here we have to be thankful to all our patient users and fans.  

 


Is Magigoo suitable for every material? And for every bed?
Magigoo as far as we are concerned should work on all the heated surfaces. We have tried it extensively on the glass and aluminium plates. We have reported results that it had worked well with ceramic beds as well. It will work less on the perforated beds - although this has been through customer feedback as we haven’t tried it much internally.

Many will ask, whether it works with cold bed. We have users who report it’s working, but without the change in temperature, there will be no easy release mechanism.

For materials, Magigoo covers majority of the materials. PLA, ABS, HIPS, PETG. In most of the cases we have really wonderful results. Then again, as anything in 3D printing, it may work less reliably with a mix of material (where PLA or ABS are mixed with other materials for extra effect, such as ABS/PC), or with material which is of bad quality or full of moisture.

Does the bed need to be cleaned after every print?
Well - what we keep saying is for really sure adhesion, one should clean the plate and re-apply Magigoo, but in reality many users don’t like doing that. We have heard users who are printing so many prints on one application that it would make our product the most cost effective than any other product out there. Good for the users for sure.

Will it stay sticky after printing? What to use to clean it?
The surface of the print should not be sticky to the touch. The bed can be easily cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth after use. Just water is enough to remove Magigoo.

Does it smell? Is it toxic to inhale?
Magigoo is a water based product and has been designed specifically to be non toxic and to not make use of hazardous chemicals. The odour should be faint if at all noticeable. This makes our product safe to use and also pleasant. In an effort to make the product even safer, apart from not having any solvents we also do not use any preservatives! This means that in rare occasion there might be some product spoilage. The Magigoo will still work fine but in such a case an odour will develop. If you notice this problem just get in touch and we will be happy to help!

What would you love to say to people who are reading this? : )
From our end we just want people to be printing like crazy and pushing the boundaries as much as possible!!! We have a new amazing tool within our grasp let’s make sure we make the most of it. If anyone ever needs our input on their project we are always ready to help.

 

 

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Webberen vs Prototypum pad (review) May 24 2017

Niels Oestbjerg aka Webberen is a 3D printing and design enthusiast from Denmark. He loves to test materials and everything new. So we send him Prototypum adhesive pad and this is an interview about it.

 

Hello Niels, thank you for your time how are you? : )
Hello, no problem, I'll gladly assist you with your questions.

What kind of printer/s do you have?
Currently I have a Wanhao Duplicator i3, the first version. It is heavily modded, and I am glad to see, that Wanhao have made a lot of the changes on their newest models.

I am working on getting the final pieces together on my own 3d printer. A 30x30cm diy-beast. I have designed it from scratch, but it's still a work in progress.

I hope to have a real Prusa i3 machine in my printroom real soon, also I think that I need some more, and different machines overall, to be able to make some better tests of filaments and other 3D-print stuff. Also I run into prints queuing up with just the one working printer.
 



What were the first impressions about the Prototypum pad?
First unboxing, you get this amazing packaging, and working in the packaging industry every day, I was very pleased to see that Prototypum knows, that this is the first way to interact with your customers. In the package I then found this cool pad that looked like it was made from very high quality materials, and I then realized that it was with a magnetic slipmat making it easy to remove after each print. This feature is fantastic, I know I lot of printers where it's not easy to access prints when they sit on the printbed, and this takes care of that. They also include a cool scraper and a meassure-piece for bed leveling.



On which material types did you try the pad?
I started with the Fillamentum Timberfill which is a PLA-like filament of which I know makes some great looking prints, also I just made the exact same model on my kapton-tape fitted heated bed, so that made it easy to compare the two types of print surfaces. It went very good, and the first layer had a bottom finish that was matte and looked like the rest of the print, where as the kapton tape makes it all glossy on the bottom.

However, I do a lot of prints in ABS-filament, and I really wanted to see how it would work with this, the higher temperature, and ABS-filament being a very lively material. First impressions was poor, I tried to print with no help on the printed piece and it came of halfway in the print. But I jumped on the horse again and gave it a little brim, and this made the world of difference, now I could have a nice stable print, but still I have the ability to remove the entire pad after printing, and by the way, wait until it has cooled down, I print ABS with a bed temperature of 100°C which is extremely hot for your fingers. ;)



We were watching you on your Instagram and it seems there was some problems with ABS…
Yes but as stated earlier, I found a good solution for the issue, and it is actually one I always used my self, I just wanted to put some pressure on the product, it was a test after all. ;)
 

Can you tell us how it goes to use it?
I am still going to be testing it with other filaments like some flexible filaments, but I am sure that it will be good for this too. Also I unfortunately have made some small burned markings in the pad from when I aborted a print with a nozzle temperature of 245°C, the nozzle was on first layer, and when it stood still it made a little mark, this should be taken into account with the pad, the surface is not rated for that high temperature when it stands still in the same spot.

What about PLA, did you try it too?
Yes in fact I did a fidget spinner in iceland blue PLA. And as I expected it worked very fine on the Prototypum Pad. But then again, PLA is, in my opinion, the easiest filament to lay down.
 



Is there anything what need to be said about the Prototypum pad?
I have a few things you need to know about the pad:

  • Make sure that when printing in ABS, not to make a too thin brim, or first layer that is. First of all, you should keep the nozzle at least 0.2mm away from the pad when it's hot, otherwise it will burn a line or hole in the Pad. Also it’s a pain to remove leftover on the pad if it’s not thick enough.
  • Never use acetone on the pad. When using for instance, kapton tape or just a glass surface, you can gain a good grip by rubbing some acetone on the build plate, but you should NEVER do that to your Prototypum Pad, it will dissolve the surface.
  • Take your time when placing the tape on your build plate. You don't want any bubbles to lift the pad, making for an uneven printbed. If you end up with bubbles, you can of course, use a very sharp knife to puncture them without making any issues afterwards.



    How many stars is the pad worth?
    I'll rate it with **** (4 stars), if the surface could withstand higher heat, like say, kapton tape, it would get 5. It’s is a very good product.

     

    Thank you Webberen for testing and your opinion!

     

    More about Webberen - Youtube & Instagram
    More about the Prototypum 3D printing adhesive pad.

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    New material - Nylon CF15 Carbon April 12 2017

    We introduce the latest product in the portfolio of cutting-edge filaments for 3D printing from Fillamentum company.

    Nylon CF15 Carbon is enriched with additional ingredients to improve physical properties of the filament. The new composition gives the material a new aesthetic quality.

     

    • With addition of carbon particles into the fibre, we achieved an increased prints impact resistance, which will be appreciated by serious printers. We tested this property on prints and no destruction occurred even at 20 °C bellow zero, so the material does not become brittle when cold as other plastics.
    • Resistance to abrasion increased and therefore the fibre Nylon CF15 is a great choice, for example, to print the gears and other machine parts, which require a functionality, durability and strength.

    • It is known that nylons readily absorb moisture from the environment, which can cause print defects. Carbon Fibre CF15 has a much lower moisture absorption than regular nylon.
    • Other no less interesting properties of the filaments are its thermal and chemical resistance.
    • This nylon has not only interesting physical properties, but also its aesthetic matte black finish of carbon. It is therefore also suitable for use in architecture and design.

    • This maerial is due to the adition of carbon abrasive. Therefore use them only with nozzle suitable for this purpose - hardened steel or ceramic.

     

     

    Nylon CF15 Carbon is a technical material with easy processing in printers and reinforcement physical features. I am glad that I can introduce it to you.

    Josef Doleček
    Founder of Fillamentum

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    What to print | Easter bunny April 07 2017

    Ready for Easter? No?! Here, take some inspiration and be ready on the end of the weekend.

    Let's print some bunnies : )

    If you know of any great one, that we are missing, please let us know and we can add it. Similarly, if you manage to print out of Fillamentum some nice prints, send photos, we share them on the web and social networks! 

     

    EASTER BUNNY COOKIE CUTTER

    Made by: OogiMe
    Link: EASTER BUNNY COOKIE CUTTER on Cults3D

     

    Stanford Bunny

     

    Made by: Adam phooky Mayer
    Link: Stanford Bunny on Thingiverse

     

    Bunny with a Attitude

    Made by: Tanya Wiesner
    Link: Bunny with a Attitude on MyMiniFactory

     

    LOW POLY STANFORD BUNNY LAMP

    Made by: TOOLMOON
    Link: LOW POLY STANFORD BUNNY LAMP on Cults3D

     

    Flatpack Bunny

    Made by: Bre
    Link: Flatpack Bunny on Thingiverse

     

    Eggy Easter Bunny

    Made by: Mario de Baseggio
    Link: Eggy Easter Bunny on Thingiverse

      

    BUNNY

    Made by: UGLY
    Link: BUNNY on Cults3D

     

    MYTHICAL BUNNY

    Made by: BS3
    Link: MYTHICAL BUNNY on Cults3D

     

    Beefy Bunny

    Made by: Angelo Tartanian
    Link: Beefy Bunny on Thingiverse

     

    If you printed some nice bunnies from Fillamentum materials and want to share it with us, you are welcome here!

     

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    What to print | Dragons March 31 2017

    This time we would like to offer as a weekend inspiration What to print a projects with dragons.

    They are often more difficult to print, but take it as a challenge! Accepted?! : )

    If you know of any great one, that we are missing, please let us know and we can add it. Similarly, if you manage to print out of Fillamentum some nice prints, send photos, we share them on the web and social networks! 

     

    SMITE KUKULKAN BUST


    Made by: SOLID_ALEXEI
    Link: SMITE KUKULKAN BUST on Cults

     

    JACKIE CHAN MOVIE-CZ12: CHINESE ZODIAC (RING, PENCIL TOPPER)



    Made by: 3DP_PARK
    Link: JACKIE CHAN MOVIE-CZ12: CHINESE ZODIAC (RING, PENCIL TOPPER) on Cults

     

    "Braq" jointed dragon



    Made by: bqLabs 
    Link: "Braq" jointed dragon on MyMiniFactory

     

    DRAGON AILÉ



    Made by: Guich
    Link: DRAGON AILÉ on Cults

     

    Dragon Head - With Glowing eyes and mouth



    Made by: Arif Sethi
    Link: Dragon Head - With Glowing eyes and mouth on Pinshape

     

    Chinese New Year Dragon Incense Holder

    Made by: Antonio Erb
    Link: Chinese New Year Dragon Incense Holder on MyMiniFactory

     

    Dragon 



    Made by: imlab
    Link: Dragon on Pinshape

     

    Dragon 



    Made by: Oliver Laric
    Link: Dragon on MyMiniFactory

     

    Teacup Dragon Puppet 



    Made by: T. Shawn Johnson aka Whystler
    Link: Teacup Dragon Puppet on Thingiverse

     

    Dragon by Artec - Printable



    Made by: Luke Chilson / Artec
    Link: Dragon by Artec - Printable

     

    DRAGON KNOCKER



    Made by: Sonia Shira Verdu
    Link: DRAGON KNOCKER on Cults

     

    If you printed some nice spinners from Fillamentum materials and want to share it with us, you are welcome here!

     

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    Quick and clean 3D printout removal! March 18 2017

    We all know it, your printout is finally done - and firmly stuck. You are forced to use brute force to remove your object from the pad. Knives, spatulas, and other various metal tools are used that destroy your base. That’s history now!

    Prototypum has developed a special press pad composed of two parts, ​a fixed lower layer and a flexible magnetic top.
    After printing, the upper part held by magnets can easily be removed and the upper and lower part of the printer can be immediately separated.

    Voila!

     

     

     

    The pad consists of two parts, the lower fixed part and upper removable holding magnet. The gentle tread design of the pad leaves a matte surface on the models

     

     The Prototypum pad package includes:

    ● A removable top section
    ● A fixed lower part
    ● Cleaning wipes
    ● Feeler gauge
    ● Flexible scraper
     

     

    "We do collaborate with people from Prototypum a long time. Working with creative and technologically savvy partners is always a great joy."

    Josef Doleček
    Founder of Fillamentum

     

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