Product Detail and Information
BuildTak is a thin, durable plastic sheet that adheres to the print bed of FDM
(fused deposition modeling) 3D printers to provide an ideal surface for 3D
printing. It replaces the need for blue masking tape and/or polyimide films such
as Kapton. Composed of high quality, heat-resistant raw materials, BuildTak
provides a stable build platform for 3D printed objects to adhere to while
allowing for a clean, easy removal of completed builds.
BuildTak Offers The Following Benefits
- Works great with ABS, PLA and more without the need to change the
surface. And no more pretreatments such as hairspray or acetone slurry!
- Easy installation to the bare print bed and clean removal without
- Durable and with optimal care can last for many hours of use while
providing extended protection to the original print bed surface.
- Creates an optimal bond between the 3D printed object and the build
surface for the duration of the print while preventing curling. When builds
are complete, the 3D printed object can be cleanly removed with minimal
prying or scraping.
- Patent-pending heat resistant composition, developed to withstand the
typical temperatures used on heated print beds (i.e. 110-125C). With safety
in mind, BuildTak is composed of raw materials that are UL flame rated.
- BuildTak Just Works!
- Works with ABS, PLA, HIPS, PET+, Brick, Wood & Flexible (TPE) filaments;
additionally we have had success with getting nylon and t-glase (PETT) to
adhere when used with a thin layer of washable glue stick on the BuildTak
- Installs much easier than masking tape or films typically used and with
fewer chances of air bubbles
- Protects build plate
- Heat resistant and durable, can be reused for many consecutive builds
and you can use different filament materials without the need to change the
- Creates an optimal bond between the 3D printed object and build surface
that maximizes the chances your object will be held in place for the
duration of the print and then allow for clean and easy removal of the
object from the build surface.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is BuildTak?
BuildTak is an ideal 3D printing surface for FFF 3D printers. We believe it
offers a superior alternative to using masking tape or heat resistant films
(such as kapton) on your FFF 3D printer’s build plate. BuildTak is a
proprietary, patent-pending composition that comes in pre-cut, specially
textured plastic sheets that adhere to your build platform with its
heat-resistant adhesive backing.
Why we think BuildTak is superior over masking tape and
–if you have ever dealt with either masking tape or kapton, one of
the more common features you will notice is that the BuildTak sheets are more
rigid and therefore much easier to install or apply to the bare build plate and
much less susceptible to air bubbles getting trapped beneath the surface.
–BuildTak is found to be more durable in nature so it can be more effective in
protecting the build plate and with proper use can significantly outlast the
typical cycle time of either kapton or masking tape.
–Generally does not require any special treatment or finessing (ie. the use of
hair spray, acetone slurry, printing rafts, etc). Once you have the crucial step
of setting nozzle height just right, BuildTak just works. Through our experience
we find that 3D printed objects stay put on the build surface for the duration
of your build with fewer chances of curling. When the builds are complete, we
find that builds pop right off with significantly less prying than what you are
probably used to using these other alternatives.
–BuildTak works for both ABS and PLA, which means if you are using a printer
that can print in either of these materials it is not necessary to change the
surface between builds. Heated print beds are not a problem, BuildTak is
composed of high quality raw materials and is designed to withstand the high
temperatures of a typical FFF 3D printer (i.e. 110-125C heated print bed)
–If/when you are ready to replace the BuildTak sheet, it comes off clean and
easy in one piece, leaving no residue behind from the adhesive.
How do I use BuildTak?
1. Wipe down your bare build platform making sure it is clean and free of debris
2. Trim the BuildTak sheet down to the size of your build plate (if not already)
3. Remove the white adhesive liner and apply the BuildTak sheet to your bare
build plate. Start from one edge of the build plate and work your way to the
other edge, smoothing the BuildTak sheet with a credit card or decal applicator
as you go
4. Re-level your surface, making sure the nozzle heights are properly set to the
approximate thickness of a standard piece of office paper. The key to a
successful BuildTak experience is a level print bed and finding that nozzle
height sweet spot!
What are the best practices to ensure the longevtiy of
We recommend using a spatula or putty knife with smooth/rounded
corners. Avoid using objects with sharp edges or corners that will accelerate
the wear and tear of your BuildTak sheet and DO NOT use heavy duty solvents,
such as acetone, to clean it, nothing stronger than rubbing alcohol.
Make sure the extruder nozzle for your FFF 3D printer is leveled and is NOT in
direct contact with the BuildTak sheet. It is recommended to set your nozzle
height to no less than the thickness of a standard sheet of office paper. When
trying to achieve an optimal nozzle height, it is better to start with a looser
nozzle height, run a test/leveling print and simply decrease the nozzle height
in smaller increments until the test prints stick.
What are the best settings for nozzle height and bed
When it comes to nozzle height, we have found that there is a sweet
spot that allows for optimal adhesion/removal of printed parts. When trying to
find that sweet spot it is better to start with the nozzle height on the high
side and run a test print where you pay close attention to the first layer of
the print. You will know right away if the nozzle is too far because the
extruded filament will not stick and in that case, no harm done to the sheet.
Just reduce the nozzle height slightly and try again until it sticks. For
setting the nozzle height (i.e. the distance between your nozzle and the
BuildTak sheet) we recommend using the thickness of a standard piece of office
paper (or about .1mm) for ABS and a piece of card stock (or about .2mm) for PLA.
with just a little bit of friction. Proper leveling should also increase the
longevity of the sheet because it will more than likely mean you will not be
subjecting it to as much wear and tear in the removal of the object.
Why are my prints not sticking to the BuildTak?
This is generally caused when the extruder nozzle is too far away
from the BuildTak sheet, try decreasing nozzle height slightly. Run a test print
after each adjustment to confirm.
Why are my prints sticking too well to the BuildTak,
making it difficult to remove the builds afterwards?
This can happen when the extruder nozzle is too close to the BuildTak
sheet. Try increasing the nozzle height slightly and make sure the print bed is
level. Make sure you run a test print. When printing with ABS, try to remove the
builds immediately after completion, reheating the heated print bed (for ABS)
will also help to release larger builds that are sticking too well. Please note,
a heated bed is not required for printing with PLA or removing parts printed
What Materials work with BuildTak?
Works with ABS, PLA, HIPS, PET+, Brick, Wood & Flexible (TPE)
filaments; additionally we have had success with getting nylon and t-glase
(PETT) to adhere when used with a thin layer of washable glue stick on the