LokBuild is the perfect 3D printing surface for FFF/FDM 3D printers. It adheres to the print bed and prevents model warping whilst providing a durable and stable build surface.
Are you having difficulties getting your 3D prints to stick without warping? Struggling to remove your finished model after printing? Tired of messing around with inadequate solutions such as kapton, blue builders tape, hairspray and ABS slurry? LokBuild is the answer!
LokBuild provides the perfect printing surface for 3D models to adhere and also allows completed objects to be removed easily. LokBuild is a durable sheet that sticks to the bed of 3D printers.
We developed LokBuild as we got tired of wasting money on other products that didn't do a good enough job. LokBuild is a high performance solution at an affordable price.
LokBuild is the ultimate 3D printing surface for FFF/FDM 3D printers. It is a long lasting alternative to films and tapes.
Lokbuild comes in two different sizes that can be easily cut to suit the exact shape and size of your 3D printers build surface. LokBuild is made from uniquely textured sheets that attach to your build plate easily with heat-resistant adhesive backing.
LokBuild replaces the need for blue masking tape or polyimide films such as Kapton Tape. It is made from heat-resistant materials to provide a stable build platform for 3D printed models whilst allowing completed models to be removed easily.
PREVENT WARPING with EFFORTLESS MODEL REMOVAL
LokBuild creates an excellent bond between 3D printed models and the build surface while preventing curling and warping. When prints are completed the model can be cleanly removed with minimal effort. This is a vast improvement over the excessive scraping and forcing involved with some of the alternatives.
Another big advantage of LokBuild is its durable finish. It is very effective at protecting the build plate. It is heat resistant and durable and can be reused for many consecutive prints. You can also use LokBuild with many different types of filament without needing to change the printing surface.
LokBuild's durable surface allows it to significantly outlast tapes and films. With care LokBuild can last for hundreds of prints.
LokBuild works for both ABS and PLA so you can switch between materials without the need to change the build surface between prints.
Although LokBuild works well with ABS and PLA it also works with other more exotic materials. We have tested LokBuild with HIPS, PET, ColorFabb XT, ColorFabb XT-Carbon Fibre, Woodfill, Bronzefill, Copperfill, Brassfill and flexible materials such as PolyFlex and Ninjaflex. LokBuild even works with some Polycarbonate materials! A list of materials is available in the FAQ area at the bottom of this page.
FORGIVING NOZZLE HEIGHT CALIBRATION
A common problem relating to some other similar solutions is the accuracy needed when setting the nozzle height from the bed. Too much distance and the print will peal away or warp easily. Too close and the print will be impossible to remove without damaging the print or build surface. However LokBuild solves this problem. LokBuild is much more forgiving and does not require this level of accuracy making the calibration process much simpler and printing more enjoyable.
EASY TO FIT
If you have ever used tape or films you will know that they are difficult to fit. LokBuild is more rigid and really easy to apply to your build plate. Also it is almost impossible for air bubbles to get trapped beneath the LokBuild surface.
LokBuild can be removed from the build plate cleanly in one piece and leaves no residue behind.
Heated print beds are not a problem for LokBuild. It is made from high quality heat resistant materials that can easily withstand the temperatures associated with a typical 3D printer.
- Optimal 3D Printing Surface
- Improves Model Adhesion and Reduces Warping
- Easier Nozzle Height Calibration
- Durable and Long Lasting - Protect your Build Plate
- Easy Removal of Completed Prints
- One Build Surface for most materials
- Heat Resistant
- Low Cost
- Easy to Install and Remove
1) Wipe down the build platform making sure it is clean.
2) Trim LokBuild to match the shape and size of your build plate. This can be done easily with general household scissors or a craft knife.
3) Remove the adhesive backing and apply LokBuild to the build plate. Start from one side and work your way to the other side, smoothing LokBuild as you go.
4) Adjust the printers nozzle height and check that the build surface is level.
TIP: When setting the nozzle height start further away from the bed than with other surfaces such as tapes. LokBuild works better without squashing the filament too much on the first layer.
Over 12 months of testing and development have gone into finding the optimal material and surface properties. Our research included three printers being dedicated to testing LokBuild materials for an 8 month period. Since then it has been tested with numerous types of FFF 3D printers with both heated and non-heated beds.
The tests involved various "torture" models designed to assess material adhesive properties and test LokBuild to the maximum with a huge range of Filaments.
When choosing the material for LokBuild we tested a wide range of plastics, ceramics, tapes and synthetic materials before finding the perfect surface. We then devoted a lot of time to selecting the optimal surface textures to give the best resistance to warping combined with the ability to easily remove the printed model.
MULTIPLE LOKBUILD PACKS
If you want more than one pack simply multiply your pledge amount by the number you would like to receive. (You can edit your existing pledge by clicking the blue “Manage” button that appears next to your pledge amount).
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Risks and challenges
We have over 30 years manufacturing and design experience. For this project we have working prototypes that have been fully tested with many different printers and types of filament. We have never failed to deliver on any project and with everything in place to start manufacture, we do not foresee any issues in production.
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