Gizmo Dorks

3D Printing PET Tape

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Superior Polyester Film

Gizmo Dorks PET tape is the highest quality Polyester film available on the market. Polyester PET tape is used for 3D printing where a heated build platform is required. Most consumers use it for printing with ABS or HIPS, but PET tape can also be used for PLA or other exotic 3D filaments.

When printing with ABS, sometimes ABS filament does not adhere well to the build platform. Adding Polyester PET tape eliminates this problem by providing a smooth, flat, and clean surface to print on. The best part is that the Polyester tape can be reused many times.

ABS filament needs to be printed on a heated build plate, and PET tape transfers heat exceptionally well. PET Polyester film is an alternative to the widely used Kapton tape. Some users say that PET Polyester film is a better alternative because it has better adherence to ABS and lasts longer than Kapton.

Polyester PET Tape Specifications

  • PET layer thickness – 1 mil
  • Adhesive layer thickness – 1 mil
  • Excellent adhesion even at high temperatures
  • Silicone Adhesive
  • Can be used with ABS, HIPS, PLA, T-glase, Wood, and other filament
  • Color – Dark Green

PET Polyester tape has an upper temperature range of 392 F or 200 C. The tape has a Polyester PET film layer that measures 1 mil thick, and it also has a silicone adhesive layer which is another 1 mil thick.

Available Sizes

  • Roll - 6.25 inches by 100 feet
  • Roll - 9 inches by 100 feet
  • Sheets (10 Pack) - 6.25 inches by 6.25 inches
  • Sheets (10 Pack) - 8 inches by 8 inches
  • Sheets (10 Pack) - 9 inches by 12 inches
  • Sheets (10 Pack) - 10 inches by 10 inches
  • Sheets (10 Pack) - 12 inches by 12 inches

How to Apply PET Tape

PET tape is very easy to apply and even easier to remove. For application there are generally two methods. The first “dry” method is a simple application of the Polyester tape to the build plate by rolling the tape on. A more efficient method is referred to as the “wet” method where soapy water is first sprayed on to the build platform. The tape is placed directly on top of the water and can be easily repositioned. The Polyester PET tape can be lifted to squeegee out any air bubbles. The build plate should be allowed to dry for a few hours. Removal of Polyester tape will not leave any residue behind.