Glue sticks for print bed

  • I would like to get a green tombow PITS adhesive stick. On Rakuten, it costs \$1 (USD). On my 3d printer's (XYZ) retailer's site, it costs \$20 (USD). Due to the costs and the fact that Rakuten does not ship to my country, I need an alternative. I am currently using Davinci 1.0 for my bed, which I believe is a glass bed. So, my questions are:

    1. What glue is best for PLA plastic?

    2. What glue is best for ABS plastic?

    3. Is there a glue that functions with both types of plastic?

    The glue sticks I saw in use were normal office supply sticks. So probably optimized to glue paper ;-) So I would recommend to use whatever your local office supply store has. You can also try hairspray.

    @LarsPötter hairspray is ok but it sprays (spread) around. paper glue is way better as it can be applied on exact place on the bed.

    @MithunKalan please refrain from using phrases like *What is the best...*. These types of questions typically fall under the category of **What types of questions should I avoid asking?**. Thank you and welcome to 3D Printing SE!

  • As mentioned by Matt - PVA glues work perfect for both filaments.
    It works well because it's softening temperature is between 45..85C so it's more or less temperature of HB.


    • cheap

    • easy to apply on HB

    • can be applied on cold as same as on hot HB

    • sticks model very well

    • non toxic, no solvent, odorless

    • easy to wash (from HB) (just wash it under water or scrape with sharp tool)

    • works very well even with old and dry layer of glue


    • quite hard to detach model (I use paper knife)

    • first layer is not glass-perfect

    • after detaching, model is a bit sticky (first layer)

    I use Scotch Glue Stick by 3M.

    This answer focuses on one specific type of glue, while there are countless ones that work. A "these types of glues work"-type answer would be significantly more valuable than this answer, which is essentially a product endorsement/review. (Like the one given by Matt, except a bit more detailed).

    @TomvanderZanden you are absolutely right! But isn't it what Mithun Kalan was asking for? I'll edit my answer of course to make it more general.

  • I use glue Sticks from Staples. It works. Anything else is over thinking :-)
    I use it daily on PLA and ABS on 3 out of 5 printers. Printed 5 lbs this week in plastic so far.

    Following my flashforge creator pros use this amazing mat, that even after months of use still work great (so long as I clean it with alcohol every so)

    Some use hairspray. Tried it, mix results, got sick of breathing the stuff in. Also it wont work on both plastics as gluesticks do.

  • Most PVA glue works well for both (Poly Vinyl Acetate).

    There are different brands in every country.

    Are you able to elaborate a bit more on the glue and what makes it a good choice?

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