Wham Bam Build Plate System Review
Hello, welcome to my review of the Wham Bam Build Plate System. I’ve had this for just over two weeks now and have been printing on it A LOT! Honestly, this build plate has made my printing so much easier! So, let’s get into the unboxing and setup…
Setting up the Wham Bam Build Plate
It arrived sensibly and securely packaged, in mostly recyclable packaging. I went and retrieved my print bed from my Ender 2. Then I ripped off my old stock build pad. The stock Ender 2 build pad was starting to become less and less reliable and started to cause a couple of failed prints. It seemed to get better after cleaning but I still really struggled with small parts. This is where the Wham Bam Build Plate comes in!
So, I gave my bed a clean with some isopropyl alcohol (70%) to try and get the residue off. I opened up the packaging and inside were some instructions, the three tiers of the system, some WB shims to help level a warped bed, and some brilliant stickers!
I peeled off the back of the magnetic plate and carefully lined up and stuck it on to my bed. It stuck down very well. Wham Bam Systems use a strong high-temperature resistant adhesive on their build plates.
Next, I had to peel and place the PEX sheet onto the spring steel flex bed. PEX sheets have better temperature resistance than PEI sheets. Putting the PEX sheet onto the plate was a little harder than placing the magnetic sheet onto the bed. As now you have to worry about tiny bubbles caught between the layers. I used a card like a loyalty card to squeeze the bubbles out the edge, much like putting a screen protector on a phone.
All that was left to do now was level the bed, and I was done!
Using the Wham Bam Build Plate
In use, I’ve found the build plate to be not only convenient but also effective, reliable and it produces a really shiny bottom on your prints!
There have been hardly any occasions when the print has failed due to print bed adhesion. I’ve found that you should raise your bed temperature about 10-15 degrees Celsius hotter than what you would usually do. It also helps to raise the hotend temperature for the first layer of the print. This can be done very easily in a slicer such as Cura.
For the first few prints, my prints would just be released when the temperature of the build plate goes back down to room temperature. This was soon no longer the case and I was then able to do the satisfying ‘crack’ of the print popping off the spring steel flexible bed.
As for the bed being magnetic, it is brilliant. Normally using a scraper would completely mess up my bed leveling. Now I can simply take the plate off the bed and pop the print off, it saves so much time and effort.
Wham Bam also recommends using the wire wool provided to rub your print bed and to wipe it with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol regularly to achieve the best results.
Summary, Sizes, and Pricing
At the time of writing this review, Wham Bam has 16 different sizes of build plate for all the popular printers. They do cost quite a bit, especially when you’ve got a large print bed but I do think it is worth it. They are so reliable and you can trust that your print won’t come off halfway through. The price of a 165x165cm build plate system is £33 which is pretty reasonable.
Overall I would highly recommend this product for your printers. I have had a very positive experience with it and there have been practically no negatives.
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