A little hammer can be a big help to your 3D Printer

(originally posted in October, 2015)

A few months ago our team at work bought a LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer. We love it.

It comes with a spatula to pry your prints off the base of the printer.  For larger, flat prints, that can be a bit difficult.  I found myself occasionally pressing the spatula with such force that I wondered whether I was harming the printer alignment, and whether I would slip and jab myself with the spatula.  The 3D printing forums are filled with suggestions of ways to make prints come free more easily using hair spray, masking tape, gluestick, or other solutions.

A print that can be difficult to pry off the printer bed
A print that can be difficult to pry off the printer bed

Fortunately, I’ve found a simple solution: a lightweight hammer such as this 2-ounce ballpein hammer from Amazon.  I’ve found only a few light taps are necessary to free the most immovable prints.

Tapping a print free using a small hammer
Tapping a print free using a small hammer

See a demonstration at my YouTube Channel.

Now we’re even happier with this fine printer!