The moment a 3D print job finishes should be a sweet little victory in which you’re able to pluck a completed new object from the print bed and admire its exact dimensions. Sometimes, though, it just isn’t that easy; the material may have warped, slid out of place, or got stuck to the print bed. Trying to avoid these unfortunate circumstances, especially for 3D printers using heated print beds, is a key focus of global R&D in the 3D printing industry. In October, we heard about Airwolf 3D’s newly introduced Wolfbite spray that is intended to combat this very issue.
The new product is intended for use with thermoplastic — especially ABS and nylon — materials being extruded onto warm beds. DIMAFIX is non-toxic, odor-free, and each 400-mL can contains enough product for more than 100 uses. When applied to the print bed, DIMAFIX is meant to provide a strong bond for the plastics being printed, with easy removal when done, and no warping.
To apply DIMAFIX to a print bed, wait for it to heat up — they recommend that it has a good, durable bond at temperatures over 50º C (about 122º F). While the print bed remains warm, objects being printed will remain firmly attached. To remove prints, just wait for the bed to begin to cool. Under 40º C (about 104º F), finished pieces can be taken off without the need for tools or much effort. DIMA 3D is now looking around the world for resellers of its new adhesive for use in 3D printing.
According to DIMA 3D, their DIMAFIX adhesive product:
- provides great grip between plastic and glass, so warping is not a problem even in large ABS parts
- can be used to print all kinds of thermoplastic materials
- activates adhesion properties at temperatures over 50º C
- works in large prints
- deactivates adhesion properties when the print bed temperature goes down to 40-50º C for easy detaching of the object
- is water soluble and easy to clean
- has a long useful life
When ready to begin a new 3D print, a user simply has to spray a light layer of DIMAFIX onto the heated bed in order to forestall warping. The design of the spray can is also intended to prevent nozzle blockages, due to the inclusion of an interior ball.
Until more resellers pick up the product, DIMAFIX is available online at DIMA 3D’s website. Cans are available in quantities of one (priced at 9,48 €) to six (44,92 € or 7,49 € each). Discounts follow a progression, with another 5% taken off the per-unit price for every two cans (i.e., two units have a 5% discount per unit, while four units are down 10% and six are reduced by 15%).
What do you think about DIMAFIX? Does it seem to offer enough differences from other adhesion products already on the market? Let us know how you think this product might measure up over in the DIMAFIX forum thread at 3DPB.com.