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When 3D printing, build plate adhesion is critically important. If you have a poor build plate adhesion your print usually fails. Therefore it is important to make sure that your prints are stuck to the build plate as well as possible. There are 3 options to improve build plate adhesion in your slicing software: skirt, brim, and raft. And we will have a quick look at how to use these.

Step 1: Skrit

Picture of Skrit
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When you enable this option, your printer will make a line of plastic around the object you are printing. It makes this line before it starts printing the actual object.

This unifies the flow of plastic from the nozzle and therefore prevents any under extrusion on the first layer of the thing you are printing.

You can also spot any problems with the bed leveling on the skirt. Then you can pause your print and level the bed properly.

audreyobscura6 months ago
I never have great luck with rafts for some reason. They either get stuck to the part or the part fails and never sticks at all. Thanks for sharing your other tips! I'm going to play around more with brims.
JindraSykora (author)  audreyobscura6 months ago
Yeah, rafts can be tricky and you have to play with the settings to get it right. 0,1 mm Z distance works reasonably well for me though... But brims are useful much more often.