Best Way to Stick 3D Prints to the Print Bed Windows Central 2019

The Magigoo Pen is the very best adhesive for your glass print bed when using ABS, PLA, or PetG. It holds your print firm to the bed then releases it easily when cooled for a hassle-free experience.

Our pick

Magigoo Pen

No mess, no fuss, just secure printing

With the Magigoo Pen, your prints stick to the glass more securely than any other product we've used. With over 100 prints worth of goo contained in a single bottle, you can be sure your prints stay secure for a great price.

Who should buy this

The Magigoo Pen is perfect for anyone working with the standard filaments we all use. PLA, ABS, PetG, and even TPU will stick far better with Magigoo on glass than they do with just hairspray or even Elmers glue. Magigoo even works well on PEI, though it is specifically designed for glass. The only surfaces it definitely doesn't work on is blue tape and Kapton tape so avoid those if you can.

Reasons to buy

  • Securely holds prints to glass bed
  • Easily releases after cooling
  • Over 100 applications per bottle
  • Works great with PLA, ABS, and PetG

Reasons not to buy

  • Doesn't work on builders tape
  • Won't work on Nylon

What makes it so special?

I've been using Magigoo for about two months now and I cannot imagine going back to just hairspray or any other build plate adhesive. Every time I use it, the print holds to the bed perfectly. Then, when the print is finished and the bed is cold the model just pops off with a twist — I haven't used a palette knife in weeks — it really is that simple.

I cannot imagine going back to any other build plate adhesive

The applicator itself is extremely helpful. It makes sure you apply just what you need where you need it. No more spraying hairspray over your smooth rods trying to get it evenly on the bed. Just spread the Magigoo one way then the other and it's done. The bottle says it can do over 100 applications but I only apply it to the exact place the print will be, not all over the bed, so it has lasted way over 100 prints.

And the final icing on the cake? It washes off your build plate and your print with just warm water. No need for chemicals to remove the residue, it just comes off ready for another coat. So simple.

Alternatives to the Magigoo Pen

Magigoo is pretty unique in that it is a product specifically designed to hold 3D prints to a build plate. There are alternatives, however, that have been used for years and can help your prints stick to the build plate.

Runner-up

Elmers washable glue stick

Elmers washable glue is great for build plates with builders tape and glass.

Elmers washable glue sticks have been a staple in 3D printing for years and have earned their place as runner-up because they just work.

When you have an older build plate that you use builders tape on or even when you're using glass, Elmers will help you hold your print down. Make sure you use a thin layer though — too deep and you can cause a blockage in your nozzle.

Value pick

Aquanet Hairspray

Aquanet is cheap, strong and waterbased making it an excellent bed adhesive.

Aquanet hairspray can be found in any local drugstore and works brilliantly on glass or even PEI beds to give some extra hold. The water-based spray can be removed using Isopropyl alcohol and is a cheap alternative to Magigoo.

When using hairspray you need to make sure you are spraying the build plate only, not the bearings or smooth rods. As long as you follow that simple advice hairspray works very well on a glass bed to hold your print. Make sure you use it sparingly, however, too much and it will leave unsightly marks on your prints.

Bottom line

When it comes to choices for build plate adhesives the Magigoo Pen always comes out on top. It's easy applicator and targeted approach make it perfect for the job at hand, in fact, it's the only choice specifically made to do the job.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

James Bricknell has been a 3D printing nut for years now and currently owns four of them running 24/7. You can find his thoughts and pictures of his prints on Twitter

Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.

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