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My Object Peels off the Plate during Printing

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Usually prints peeling off of the build plate means the plate isn't quite close enough to the MK8 Stepstruder nozzles. Try leveling the plate again and using a thinner piece of paper or feeler gauge to check the distance. It's important that every part of the plate be the same distance from the nozzles; if one part of your model peels up, the rest can follow.

It's also a good idea to make sure the plate is clean. Dust and oil from your hands can prevent objects from sticking to the build plate, so you should wipe it down regularly. The same goes for scratches and bubbles in the Kapton tape. Replace the Kapton tape as needed.

If that doesn’t do it, try loosening each knob on the bottom of the build platform by about a quarter turn to move the platform closer to the nozzle.

If you're still having trouble, you can always run the leveling script again, from Utilities > Level Build Plate. This time use a thinner piece of paper, or move the platform up until you feel the nozzles grip it a bit more. You might need to try this process a few times in order to get it just right.

Another trick that can help (for ABS plastic only) is to raise your build plate temperature. There are instructions for this here.

Keep in mind that you always have the option to print with a raft, which will make it easier to get your prints to stick to the platform.


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