PRINTinZ Plate – Flexible 3D Printing Build Plate #3DThursday
Printing surfaces like acrylic and glass are the most common among FDM 3d printers, but today we’re talking about a very special build plate, one that actually makes it easy to remove prints, and eliminates the use of tape, glue, hair spray, and other messy substances.
The PrintInZ Plate is a neat alternative and serves as an add on to most printers. This flexible platform is made out a unique fiberglass substrate, giving it the proprieties to bend without deforming making it easy to remove prints.
This plate works with PLA, ABS, Ninajflex and can be safely heated to about 100c. Its extremely strong and far less likely to break than glass. The texture on the surface is very similar to blue painters tape and gives a rather leathery look to printed parts. It also features double-sided action, so you can print on both sides!
PrintInZ Plate comes in many different shapes and sizes, but we’re currently carrying plates for the lulzbot TAZ4 and the PrintrBot Simple Metal in the Adafruit Shop.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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