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FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System is the easiest way to have an uninterrupted, fluid 3D printing experience.
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System is the easiest way to have an uninterrupted, fluid 3D printing experience.
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Just bend the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate to release the print
Just bend the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate to release the print

Our Patent Pending FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System makes it easier than ever before to have an uninterrupted, fluid 3D printing experience. We have tackled 3 major issues with 3D printing: releasing the print from the build-plate, a good grip on the build-plate for no warping and resetting the leveling of the build-plate between each print.

Still interested? Here is the long version of how we did it:

FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate greatly improves on the standard build-plate by providing easy removal of the 3D prints and interchange of plates for an uninterrupted 3D printing experience.

As amazing as 3D print technology is there are still many things that need to be improved upon. The most frustrating part is releasing the prints from the build-plate. When attempting to remove the part, you can often damage the part or hurt yourself.

For the Makerbot Replicator 2 the build-plate is entirely replaced with a thicker “base plate” and a thinner flexible “top plate”

FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate in-use on MakerBot Replicator 2
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate in-use on MakerBot Replicator 2

The FLEX3D™ Build-Plate System for the Makerbot Replicator (5th Gen) and Universal Plates are placed on top of the current build-plate. For most standard 3D printers, It consists of a “frame” that is permanent and a “plate” that fits snug within the “frame” for of ease removal.

FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate Univeral System for 3D printers
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate Univeral System for 3D printers
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate in-use on a MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate in-use on a MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)

The ease of removing a 3D print is achieved by flexing the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate. By doing so, the print releases its grip on the plate and simply pops off. This is without using any tools... or risking any bloodshed.

How the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate works to release the print
How the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate works to release the print
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate quick change on MakerBot Replicator 2
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate quick change on MakerBot Replicator 2
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate quick change on MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate quick change on MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
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Another challenge with 3D printing is removing the build-plate from the 3D printer without disrupting the leveling of the plate. With standard printers, removing the plate involves mechanical actions that can disrupt the leveling. Hence the leveling of the plate has to be redone frequently. By having a frame that is permanent and a plate that is not mechanically attached, it is easy to remove the plate with the print without disrupting the leveling of the plate. We offer two plates in each set. This is so you can get straight back to printing without having to remove a print. We have found this to be especially useful when a print “craps out” and leaves the hard to remove first layers. 

FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate for MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate for MakerBot Replicator (5th Gen)
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate includes a RapidFrame™ and 2 Plates
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate includes a RapidFrame™ and 2 Plates

A continuous challenge with 3D printing is achieving good grip to the build-plate. Standard build-plates require tape or hairspray to achieve this. Our proprietary texture is an ideal surface to achieve grip for the print. No more need for annoying tape or hairspray.

In short, the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System provides a much more fluid and easy 3D printing experience with much less frustration.

With your help we can meet the minimum order that our manufacturer requires and provide the FLEKS3D™ at the best possible price

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FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System works on 95% of current desktop 3D printers
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System works on 95% of current desktop 3D printers
12 X 12" (305mmX305mm) and 15 X 15 (381mmX381mm) FLEKS3D™ comes with 2 plates and 1 set of corner mounts to keep plate in place.
12 X 12" (305mmX305mm) and 15 X 15 (381mmX381mm) FLEKS3D™ comes with 2 plates and 1 set of corner mounts to keep plate in place.


FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System includes 1 frame/base and 2 plates
FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System includes 1 frame/base and 2 plates

PRINTING MATERIALS:

The FLEKS3D™ has had extensive testing for PLA and ABS. We have not tried nylon. However, the principal is the same and should work as well as it does with PLA/ABS. Same is true for any other material

HEATED BED:

We have not done extensive testing with a heated bed. This is since our UltraGrip™ texture creates a very strong grip and a heated bed haven't been necessary to avoid warping. The FLEKS3D™ is made of a thermoform plastic with a melting point at 311 F or 155 °C. If a heated bed is used the temperature needs to be set bellow this.

Why FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System?

  • EASE OF REMOVAL OF 3D PRINT FROM BUILD-PLATE: The flexibility of the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate makes it super easy to remove prints. We chose a highly resistant thermoset (plastic). This is because it is far more flexible and holds its form better than spring steel or other metals. We found that it is important to be able to flex the plate a lot for the really hard prints to remove. From our experience, just having a little bit of flex isn’t enough for the prints that are really stuck on the build-plate
  • EASE OF REPETITIVE PRINTING BY HAVING SEVERAL EASILY REPLACED PLATES: The FLEKS3D™ kit comes with 2 plates. This makes it possible to interchange them for an uninterrupted 3D printing experience.
  • ULTRAGRIP WITH THE PROPRIETARY TEXTURE: The FLEKS3D™ Build-plate features proprietary texture that makes tape and hairspray unnecessary.
  • LESS DISRUPTIVE TO THE LEVELING OF BUILD-PLATE: Resetting the leveling of the build-plate after each print is tedious to say the least. This is not necessary with the easy removal set-up that the FLEX3D™ incorporates. This is because it comes with 2 easily removed plates that fit snug in the permanent frame.
  • BEST PRICE: Let's face it you work hard for your money. We don’t want to have you break the bank. We have made a great effort to be able to offer the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate System at the best possible price. This is so we can offer this to as many people as possible.
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Risks and challenges

We have a fully functioning “manufacturing prototype”. What this means is that our manufacturer has already done a short run of the FLEKS3D™ build-plate. A "real prototype" is only a “proof” that concept works. The vast difference is that we are already set up for production with a dedicated manufacturer and are ready to go within 4-8 weeks of a successful campaign.

There are no risks with this product. We can have it in your hands within 4 weeks of a successful campaign.

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    Your very own FLEKSbot 3D Print. Don't own a 3D printer but love the technology? We will print you your very own FLEKSbot that you see in the video and mail it to you.

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    EARLY BIRD FLEKS3D™ Build-Plate for the Makerbot Replicator 2. Limited to the first 36 backers. See specifications below.

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    EARLY BIRD FLEKS3D™ 8" x 8" (200mm x 200mm) Build-Plate. Limited to 36 backers. See specifications below.

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    FLEKS3D™ for Makerbot Replicator 2 and 2X:

    This build-plate is optimized for the Replicator 2 and 2X. It includes one thicker base plate and 2 thinner top plates. With the FLEKS3D™ plate there are no additional adjustments needed. Just level the plate as always and get started. With 2 top plates you can easily start a new build without interruptions or resettings. Just put the other plate with the print to the side for later.

    Retail will be $60

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    FLEKS3D™ small 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm):

    This fits with smaller 3D printers. We need to reach at least 36 pledges in order to meet the minimum order from our manufacturer. Verify that there is 1/8" (3mm) room for the plate.

    The FLEKS3D™ includes one RapidFrame and two Build Plates. This way you can easily start a new build without interruptions or resetting. Just put the other plate with the print to the side for later.

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    FLEKS3D™ medium 8" x 8" (200mm x 200mm):

    This is the most common size among 3D printers. It works with Rep-raps plates like MK1 and MK2, with all generations of Soliddoodle and Ulitmaker. These are just examples of printers the FLEKS3D works with. If your plate is 8" x 8" (200 x 200mm) or larger, this option is for you. We need to reach at least 36 pledges in order to meet the minimum order from our manufacturer. Verify that there is 1/8" (3mm) room for the plate.

    The FLEKS3D™ medium includes one Rapid-Frame and two Build-Plates. This way you can easily start a new build without interruptions or resettings. Just put the other plate with the print to the side for later.

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    FLEKS3D™ large 10 "x 10" (250mm x 250mm):

    If you like to print big, this is your size. We need to reach at least 36 pledges in order to meet the minimum order from our manufacturer. Verify that there is 1/8" (3mm) room for the plate.

    The FLEKS3D™ large includes one RapidFrame and two build-plates. This way you can easily start a new build without interruptions or resetting. Just put the other plate with the print to the side for later.

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    UPDATED PRICING: FLEKS3D™ for Makerbot Replicator Desktop with 2 Plates (5th Generation):
    This Build-Plate is optimized for the Makerbot Replicator 5th generation. The FLEKS3D Build-Plate and RapidFrame system rests on top of the current glass plate. Once the print is done. The FLEKS3D plate simply lifts out of the RapidFrame without disrupting the settings.
    This offering only includes 2 plates and the RapidFrame. Retail will be $70

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    FLEKS3D™ Extra Large 12"x12" (305mm x 305mm): We need to reach at least 36 pledges in order to meet the minimum order from our manufacturer. Verify that there is 1/8" (3mm) room for the plate. The FLEKS3D™ extra large includes one RapidFrame Corner System and two build-plates. These will have the corner piece frames instead of the full frames, but will work in the same way. We engineered it this way to reduce waste material. By doing so we keep the final price down and avoid filling the landfill. Retail will be around $90

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    FLEKS3D™ Super 15"x15" (381mmX381mm): We need to reach at least 36 pledges in order to meet the minimum order from our manufacturer. Verify that there is 1/8" (3mm) room for the plate. The FLEKS3D™ Super includes one RapidFrame Corner System and two build-plates. These will have the corner piece frames instead of the full frames, but will work in the same way. We engineered it this way to reduce waste material. By doing so we keep the final price down and avoid filling the landfill. Retail will be around $100

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    FLEKS3D™ for Makerbot Replicator (5th Generation):

    This build-plate is optimized for the Makerbot Replicator 5th generation. The FLEKS3D Build-Plate and RapidFrame system rests on top of the current glass plate.

    Once the print is done. The FLEKS3D plate simply lifts out of the RapidFrame without disrupting the settings.

    This offering only includes 1 plates and the RapidFrame.

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    FLEKS3D™ for Makerbot Replicator with 2 Plates (5th Generation):
    This Build-Plate is optimized for the Makerbot Replicator 5th generation. The FLEKS3D Build-Plate and RapidFrame system rests on top of the current glass plate. Once the print is done. The FLEKS3D plate simply lifts out of the RapidFrame without disrupting the settings.
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    The shiny things reward. This is for the FLEKS3D™ Build-Plates with the RapidFrame. We can have a custom frame made in metal with a plated or matte finish with a customized etching.

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    Have a fun design you want to make but need the help of a professional designer? Work with us the FLEKS3D™ creators to realize your 3D project, we will take your idea from a sketch to a printable 3D model. Up to 10 man hours per backer.

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