Aug 28, 2014

FLEKS3D flexible build platform system




FLEKS3D is a new flexible build platform cover that will enable you to upgrade your heated bed improve print adhesion and enable you to remove prints easily.


Key features as advertised on Kickstarter:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

You can get it for as low as 20 USD during their Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fleks3d/fleks3dtm-build-plate-system

Company page: http://www.fleks3d.com/




FLEKS3d comes in 3 standard sizes to fit 95% of the printers. Small is 6" by 6", medium 8" by 8" and large is 10" by 10" inch. In metric units: Small 152mm by 153mm, Medium 204mm by 204mm and large 254mm by 254mm.
For MakerBot, there are custom FLEKS3D™ plates. These are available for Replicator 2, Replicator 2X and Replicator (5th gen)






























FLEKS3D joins ranks with other print bed upgrades currently available like BuildTak or carbon surface from GermanRepRap.