When your print completes, the gantry and head will move away to the back of the machine. Many times depending on your object, you will be able to pop it off the blue print surface by gently prying.
If your finished part does not come off easily you can quickly and easily remove the build plate for easier access. This is particularly useful for prints with a large footprint. To remove the build plate, wrap your hands. With your thumbs on top of the surface press down gently to depress the standoff springs under the surface. Now slide the surface towards you to detach it from its bolts like in the picture below:
Once you have removed the build surface from the machine, try to get a corner. You can then use a putty or butter knife placing careful attention to keep your fingers out of the way of any blades, carefully pry the rest of the part off.
If your part is really stuck you can brace the build surface against the edge of a sturdy desk or counter and gently apply pressure to the outer edges to cause the build surface to flex slightly. Flexing the build surface gently should make one or more edges of your printed object come loose from the print surface. Once your print is loose, you should be able to pull the rest of it off of the surface.
Note: This method of print removal may cause your build surface to warp over time. Intentionally flexing the surface should be done only as a last resort. If your build surface begins to warp, you can order a new one from the typeamachines.com.
You will be able to print multiple times before your build surface will need to be replaced. In order to promote good adhesion of the initial print layer, avoid touching the build surface with your fingers so as not to transfer oils on the build surface.
Your build surface can
be cleaned for repeated use with “Simple Green” cleaner. Alcohol
based cleaners should not be used as they will cause weakening and
eventual disintegration of the acrylic build surface.