Andy “akdrama” shared a guide for how to create $1 reusable print beds using vinyl place mats. Interesting example of yet another of the wide range of options explored for sticking down those tricky prints! (We also offer PRINTinZ Flexible Printer Plates that cost more than $1…but oh, so nice! More stock in soon…)
Put away your masking tape, hair spray, or whatever, because here is an easy way to make your own reusable print bed for your 3D printer!
Please note that this is intended for use with PLA on a non-heated bed. I print at a relatively low temperature of 190-195° C and I always have my extruder fan running, even during warm up. Do not use this mat with a heated bed. If you proceed please do so with caution and at your own risk!
Step 1: Get Your Material
The print bed is made out of a vinyl place mat that I got from Walmart for under $3. Wait a minute, you said $1 beds! That’s right, out of one vinyl place mat I was able to yield four beds to use on my Simple Metal. Of course, your mileage may vary.
Now specifically the mat we want is by Mainstays and has UPC 0-28332-52351-6. At my local store they offered two colors, red and beige. There’s two sides to this mat, the glossy finish that is the top and underneath a matte, burlap texture. We want to print on the matte side, the glossy side will melt!
We will also need a glue stick. You know, a popular snack in kindergarten classes. Don’t eat it all, we’ll need some later….
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