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What Kind Tape Is Use For 3D Printing Insulation?
May 17, 2016

        Things that need to be blocked, such as light, sound, or heat, all have unique properties. Xinst Teflon tape and kapton tape, made for a wide variety of fields, block things while taking advantage of their characteristics.

Due to its large range of temperature stability, and its electrical isolation ability, Kapton tape is usually used in electronic manufacturing as an insulation and protection layer on electrostatic sensitive and fragile components. As it can sustain the temperature needed for a reflow soldering operation, its protection is available throughout the whole production process, and Anti-static Kapton tape is often still present in final consumer product.

Kapton tape and ABS adhere to each other very well, which has led to widespread use of Kapton tape as a build surface for 3D printers. Kapton tape is laid down on a flat surface and the ABS is extruded on to the Kapton tape surface. The ABS part being printed will not detach from the build platform as it cools and shrinks, a common cause of print failure by warping of the part

ESD Kapton tape is also commonly used to secure components such as thermocouples to the hot end of the plastic extruder. This helps to prevent detachment of the thermocouples, which can lead to runaway overheating of the nozzle, and fires.