Seeing the first layer of your 3D printed part peel off mid-build is always disappointing, and results in wasted print time and materials. Thankfully, there are a handful of companies that have honed their expertise in chemicals and materials to develop 3D printing-specific adhesives to solve the scourge of the maker. One of those companies is Malta-based Thought3D, which offers a range of Magigoo adhesives for hobbyist and professional 3D printing materials.
Today, Thought3D announces a new collaboration with Luxembourg-based 3D printer manufacturer Anisoprint. Through the partnership, Anisoprint will supply a Magigoo adhesive with every Anisoprint Composer 3D printer it sells. The aim, of course, is to make the 3D printing process as seamless as possible for the end-user.
The Anisoprint Composer is a fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer with composite printing capabilities (Composite Filament Co-extrusion or CFC). The machine combines a unique extruder composition, consisting of two thermoplastic filament extruders and a third extruder for composite fibers. Used in combination, the extruders can print parts from PLA, PETG, ABS, Nylon and PC that are reinforced with strengthening carbon fibers.
The addition of the carbon fibers doesn’t help in the first layer adhesion problem, especially with materials such as PETG, ABS, Nylon and PC, which are typically harder to print with than PLA, for instance. With these materials, peeling and warping are common occurrences, which presents a range of difficulties for 3D printer users.
Of course, the Anisoprint Composer does come with heated print bed, which helps to keep the first layer of a print stuck, but it is not a completely effective solution. That’s where Thought3D’s Magigoo products come in to save the day. Thought3D offers a range of adhesive products, each developed for a specific material or group of materials. The original Magigoo solution, for instance, is an effective adhesive for PLA, ABS and PETG, while stronger adhesives have been developed for use with PC and Nylon.
“Bad first layer adhesion is one of the most common issues that can ruin your whole print, not necessary at the very beginning,” said Fedor Antonov, Co-Founder and CEO of Anisoprint. “This is especially important for open materials system, where the customer can choose different types of thermoplastics to print with. Each one will require a special approach. That’s why we’ve introduced several first layer settings in our slicer software Aura and that’s why we are in with Magigoo—we put the Magigoo sticks in every Composer box to make sure our customers will have a proper solution in hand to ensure good first layer adhesion.”
Andy Linnas, Co-Founder and Business Developer of Thought3D, added: “Over the past four years we have become experts in first layer adhesion products. We are happy to work with Anisoprint as their glass bed and printer are a perfect match for our adhesives. I am sure that our aims align with those of Anisoprint—making 3D printing easy, accessible and affordable to even the most demanding printing applications.”