PETG warping - adhesion or temperature too high?

  • Ender3 v2, SIENOC PETG which advises temperature of 230-250 °C on the box. I'm printing on top of cleaned blue tape, using a temperature of 230 °C for the nozzle and 80 °C for the bed.

    I've had all sorts of trouble getting first layer to stick but finally managed it. However the thin end of this hook has now warped and the other end is too.

    Photo showing warped hook (left hand side)

    Looking at the image above, you can see it's much thinner at that end. Should I try a lower nozzle temperature? Or bed? Or both?

    The fans are at 50 % (set in Cura), should I have left them on 100 %?

    I have to mention that the tape has been cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. I can print PLA no problem direct to the bed but am having so much trouble with PETG - rather than warping this could actually be adhesion problems.
    I've tried a higher initial layer (0.3 mm vs 0.2 mm), 0.1 mm Z offset, gapped to 1 sheet of paper as per PLA, then 2 sheets - I've done that 50 mm in on each corner and then checked it in the middle of the bed too. Initial layer is at 10 mm/s and then to 40 mm/s

    As you can see in the picture the brim looks rather flattened, but if I give more gap (e.g. 3 sheets) it doesn't even stick at all.

    I have managed to print a benchy after maybe 6 attempts, but this was luck and had really poor adhesion, a gentle tap with my finger dislodged it. The actual print was fine.

    Tempted to try another PETG but wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything obvious - at the moment I can't even print the brim again because it won't stick.

    I'm really confused because a lot of I read suggests PETG sticks really well but I've having the exact opposite experience.

    Hi Mark, welcome to 3DPrinting.SE! PETG sticks very well to glass and an adhesive like 3DLAC, glue stick, hair spray, etc. I've printed kilometers of 2.85 mm PETG without any problems with adhesion (on glass and 3DLAC). I'm not a fan of tape, which should not be the go-to solution nowadays with all the much better alternatives available, BuildTak (and clones), PEI sheets, glass, 3DLAC, DIMAFIX, etc.

    @0scar thanks for the welcome. I did try a gluestick on the smooth side of the glass and just straight on the glass (cleaned with isopropyl), neither stuck. Last night I was trying a bed test that prints squares to check level, they printed mostly ok but there is no adhesion, the corners stick but even then rubbing your finger over them will dislodge from the bed. Starting to wonder if the temperature is too low and its set by the time it hits the bed

    I do 240 °C for the first layer, bed 70 - 80 °C depends on the printer I choose. Note that not all glue sticks work, only those with the secret ingredient. Read about secret ingredients here.

  • PETG is a pain to print with, but adhesion/warping usually isn't the issue.

    To begin with, fan should be completely off for PETG unless you hit problems that necessitate a fan, and then only minimal. Certainly not 50% or 100%. Fan will seriously impact adhesion between layers and give you brittle prints. It also might be responsible for the warping you're seeing, but the biggest issue here is that you have an adhesion problem.

    I'm not sure if blue tape is generally recommended for PETG. The Buildtak clone that came with my (original, not v2) Ender 3 adheres extremely well (if anything, too well) with PETG so I've never worried about adhesion with it. But if it's not adhering to your blue tape or v2 coated-glass bed (or if you're concerned about ruining that bed from PETG adhering too well) you need to find something it will adhere to. I'd suggest getting a Buildtak-clone Ender 3 v1 bed surface (you can find these cheap) and clipping it to your bed (since you presumably don't want to glue it over the v2's much nicer bed).

    I guess I should mention that distance to build surface could also be the issue. Make sure the bed is leveled correctly. I don't like the paper method because it's too imprecise; the best way I've found is to move the Z axis to 0.1 mm and adjust until 0.1 mm feeler gauges fit under it with some friction and 0.15 mm ones don't fit at all.

    Thanks for the help. I'm going to get some metric feeler gauges. I have tried various bed levels but its always the same - just doesn't stick. I'll try with fans off - it does make me wonder if 230 is too low for this particular filament and combined with the fans its too cold when it hits the bed and thats why it doesn't stick. Need to upgrade bowden tube to go hotter from what I read. Maybe a buildtak is the answer. Thanks for the reply!

    @Mark - No need to use metric feelers, SAE ones work just fine. a .1mm feeler is almost exactly identical to a 0.004" SAE feeler, and a .15mm feeler is almost exactly identical to a 0.006" feeler. Both are very readily available. But... metal feelers don't actually provide anything that paper feelers do... and ordinary printer paper is 0.005" (.125mm) thick. It's easy to get the feel for paper feelers; you're looking for resistance that interferes with pushing the paper but doesn't interfere with pulling it. When it's just right, pushing the paper makes it bow upward before it slides through.

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