I find that on the FlashForge NEW Creator Pro (received November-2016) that parts with large surface areas are difficult to remove from the bed plate. For example the first time I printed out the orange bird house (thingi1351023), I did so on a glass plate, that I clipped to the FlashForge Bed. Because this bird house has such a large contact surface area to the bed, I found it to be very difficult to remove. In the end the glass plate shattered, and in fear of cutting my fingers from the shards of glass, I simply threw the bird house into the garbage.
To remedy, I decided to use plexi-glass, so that I could flex the plate to create a separation between it and the 3d printed object. Locally (at HD) thin plexi-glass can be purchased in 8” x 10” sheets for approximately $4 USD. These sheet are approximately 2mm thick. Then to avoid having to cut the plexi-glass to size, I designed the bed extensions to accommodate the 8 x 10 plexi-glass sheet.
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