Ziflex has a special coating that ensures good adhesion with PLA, PETG, ABS, TPU, Wood, Copper, Carbon and other filaments cut with the above mentioned materials. Some customers print the Nylon but add glue or lacquer to make it adhere. As for the other materials, we have not tried them all.
Our technology uses magnetic lines and they will not be compatible with another magnetic base, so you might encounter problems with alignment and your Ziflex could move during the printing process. I recommend you to get a starter kit and use our magnetic base instead.
If you want to print other materials like ABS, PC, PETG, TPU, you should get a High temperature Starter kit, which allows you to heat your bed up to 120 °C. The High Temp magnetic base is compatible with both High temp and Low Temp upper surface, so you can also use a low temp upper surface on top of the high temp magnetic base.
Actually for the PLA you only need our Low Temp version because for this material the average heated bed temperature is 50-60 °C. The High Temp magnetic base is compatible with both High temp and Low Temp upper surface, so you can also use a low temp upper surface on top of the high temp magnetic base.
The Ziflex is positioned on the glass plate of your printer. There are no notches cut out but you can very easily make them, you can watch Thomas Roussel’s video on this subject, available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=637150667098656.
On the CR10s Pro there is a rectified aluminum plate that guarantees flatness. It is on it that you will have to glue your magnetic base, where your original surface was glued.
To remove the sticked part, I recommend you to heat the bed at 70 degrees °C and use a spatula to make some 1/2cm line from the front to the back. To clean the remaining glue if there is some, acetone works very fine.
The complete Starter Kit is 3.0 mm thick: the magnetic base is 1mm thick, and the upper surface is 2mm.
If this is the first time you are ordering, you must order a complete starter kit in order to use the Ziflex. Our product is composed of two separate parts that cannot work without each other. The magnetic base is the part that will stick to your original buildplate. Once installed, you will not need to change it anymore. The flexible top surface then magnetizes to this base. This is the part where your prints are deposited, and it is this surface that will need to be changed in the future when it wears out.
As previously mentionned, the top surface of Ziflex is a consumable that is destined to be changed. That is why we sell this product alone without the magnetic base. It is less expensive and will allow you to use your Ziflex for as long as you wish.
The Value Pack is our current offer including a complete starter kit + one top spare surface. This will allow you to anticipate your orders and get your Ziflex with a spare upper surface delivered in advance.
Suitable products to clean your Ziflex are :
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Degreasing products (dishwashing liquid)
Never use acetone or other solvents on your Ziflex! This will damage the coating.
Take a tissue, paper towel or a clean cloth. Make sure the surface used for cleaning is flat. Pour a large drop of alcohol or dishwashing liquid and a little hot water to your liking and rub lightly on your Ziflex platform. Repeat this step regularly to ensure proper adhesion! Some customers have contacted us with this type of problem, a little dishwashing liquid and you’re back on track! If fine traces of plastic still remain stuck to your Ziflex, you can also use this technique by Heliox : ( from 1’10)
Be careful of two things:
- Do not heat your heat gun to more than 120°C (100°C should be enough, just soften the plastic).
- Do not use it too close to your Ziflex
These marks can happen, they are due to a too tight calibration. To clean your Ziflex you can use isopropyl alcohol or dishwashing liquid, this will degrease the surface and improve adhesion, however it will not remove these marks.
Depending on the use and especially if the calibration is well done and the nozzle does not compress the first layer too much as is often the case with glass, your Ziflex will last for months. Some materials tend to adhere more to the coating than others, so you should adjust the settings of the first layers according to what you are printing (e.g. layer height, flow, plate calibration, plate temperature, etc.) because if the first layer adheres too much to the surface, the Ziflex may be damaged during removal.
Our Ziflex has several advantages from lower quality magnetic bases:
- The bed can be heated up to 120 °C, while lower quality magnetic bases cannot support a temperature higher than 80 °C
- The magnetic technology offers a better positioning since the magnets we use are stronger and larger
- The upper surface offers a better adherence than a lower quality one and can stick for more than 100 prints, depending on how you use it
- The materials we used are higher quality and stronger than some of our competitors. For example, usually coatings are 0.15mm : these thin sheets are very sensitive to tearing. On our product, we use a 0.8mm sheet, which is much stronger.
If you can’t find the size of your printer in our list, don’t panic! We can make you a custom made Ziflex under certain conditions.
- Contact us by email with the measurements of your print bed. Specify the actual dimensions of the X and Y axis of your bed and not the printing volume. Below is a diagram illustrating where the requested axes are located.
- We will send you the quotation for your request. Once accepted, you will receive an invoice with payment links and your tracking number for delivery. We proceed with the shipment of orders within 48 hours once payment is received.
As you’ve seen, the Ziflex surface sticks very well, so your calibration setting is a bit different from what you used to. We provide a calibration paper with your Ziflex, when you’re well calibrated you should feel no resistance at all between the paper and the nozzle. Please, launch a small print test before launching a first big print.
There are magnetic lines in the magnets, they have to be aligned with each other for maximum magnetic power. So try rotating your Ziflex around the Z-axis until you feel the magnetic alignment.
Before ordering your Ziflex, be sure to check to see if your printer only works with inductive calibration (auto bed leveling), this will not work with the Ziflex. The Ziflex only works with manual calibration. For example, the MK3 has inductive calibration so we cannot produce a Ziflex for this machine unfortunately.
You should not face warping issues with the Ziflex, it has been designed for this purpose. But, warping is something difficult to deal with and really related to printers, materials and settings, so let me give you a few advices to be sure you will use our product the best way possible. First,be sure to install the Ziflex on a plate that has a perfect flatness (Glass, mirror, rectified aluminium, but not directly on the heated bed for example).
Furthermore, our coating ensures a strong adherence with the print, while our magnetic technology guarantees that your build surface will not move and not be lifted by the printed parts. Another important thing is to print on a clean build surface, you will manipulate the Ziflex with your hands to remove your printed parts, so you will put some dirt and grease on it. That’s why it’s important to clean it regularly using Isopropyl alcohol, dishwashers with hot water do the job pretty well too.
Many of our customers using ABS -which is highly subject to warping- do not face any warping issue, so the Ziflex should be solving your problem. But of course it also depends on your settings, the kind of prints you make and the material you use, so we cannot guarantee that the result will be warp free.
As you may have noticed, the Ziflex surface provides a strong adhesion, and your settings should be different from those you were using before. The first layer needs to be less tight from what you used to do with glass for instance. Lower the temperature of your bed as well. If you find the good settings this should not happen anymore.
We recommend you to get another Upper Surface on our website, they are cheaper than the Starter Kit : https://zimple3d.com/products/uht?variant=31172206755894
First, be sure to install the Ziflex on a plate that has a perfect flatness (Glass, mirror, rectified aluminium, but not directly on the heated bed for example). Another important thing is to print on a clean build surface, you will manipulate the Ziflex with your hands to remove your printed parts, so you will put some dirt and grease on it. That’s why it’s important to clean it regularly using Isopropyl alcohol, dishwashers with hot water do the job pretty well too. But of course it also depends on your settings, the kind of prints you make and the material you use, so we cannot guarantee that the result will be warp free
Here is a little checklist to help you to prevent it :
- Is your magnetic base stuck to an aluminum or glass plate ? Sometimes aluminium beds aren’t flat, that can be a problem.
- Is you ziflex clean? You can use isopropylique or household alcohol to clean ours.
- Is your extrusion nozzle clean? We use Iron brush to do so
- Is your bed warm enough ? maybe you need to warm it a bit more.
- If none of these hardware things solve the problem, that’s probably an issue in the Slicer, it already happens to us with some customers. (Wrong layer height, flow, or auto calibration or first layer gap issue.)
- If none of these things solve the issue, please try another filament and another file
Here is what we recommend:
- Check that your calibration is correct (printing temperature, etc)
- Clean the Ziflex with isopropyl alcohol and/or dishwashing liquid.
- Try to print with another file
If the problem persists, it means that your upper surface is worn and needs to be changed. Please keep in mind that this product is a consumable with a variable life span depending on the use you make of it.
If the Ziflex has not been installed and is returned to us in good condition, we can absolutely exchange or refund it. However, you will have to pay the shipping cost of the second Ziflex. You will first have to send the wrong Ziflex back to this address:
Zimple, Montée des écureuils, 83210 Solliès-Pont, France
The Ziflex fits with many printers and this makes it a product that is highly prone to errors in use. Calibration and print settings are so variable from one printer to another that the installation instructions are a support to help you, but are by no means a detailed tutorial. We don’t know every machine and cannot verify what you have done. For this reason, once the Ziflex has been installed and used, we cannot issue refunds or returns.
We can’t guarantee Ziflex will work with your settings, calibration, materials, or printer. We made many tests and have multiple feedbacks that shows Ziflex works perfectly with most of the 3D printers on the market, and most of the materials. If you face difficulties with one material or one printer, for example you do not manage to make something sticks, we can assist you but there is no warranty and we can’t accept the return of the product once used. We accept returns if you made a mistake on the sizes, and would like to exchange for another one.
Consumption: 15.6W, 12V.
Size: L 204mm, l 159mm, h 164mm.
Air Flow: 70L/min.
Filtration rate: up to 99% for nanoparticles, up to 90% for gases.
With our new injected molded case and acoustic foam filling, Zimpure makes little noise. When your printer is on, you will barely notice any noise from Zimpure.
The filters have been tested to last (at least) 500h (4Kg of ABS).
To get an idea of how long the filter will last regarding your habits, look at your printer’s information section. There you have access to the hour counter of your printer.
We recommend that you write down the hour counter value, and when at +500 hours, change both filters.
2 sets of filters (1000 hours of filtration) cost 34,8€. Note that a set of filters is already installed on your Zimpure.
Additional filters are available on our website!
Because 3D printers release both nanoparticles and gases, we need to use two different filters : A particulate filter (N95), filtering up to 99.9 % of the nanoparticles, and an active charcoal filter (ABEK1), filtering up to more than 90% of the gases (VOC). The filters we use are manufactured by 3M. We’ve tested them in laboratory, they are very efficient. Read more in our study report.
You can throw them in the bin, they can’t be recycled.
We attended the experiments and measurements, and took part in the writing of the study report. Roland Sarda Esteve from the LSCE lab was in charge: the instruments used are not trivial, and we are not qualified to use them.
Our suction heads are made to have the same filtration rate at the same distance from the extrusion nozzle of any 3D printer. We have designed Zimpure to be efficient with all filaments.
We manage the production ourselves, at our facility in Southern France. This way, we can control each stage of the production process and reduce the risk of problems along the way. All our suppliers are ready and standing by to ship the components.
No, both the the silicone pipe and the suction head are lightweight, and the pipe is very flexible: they do not interfere at all with the mechanics of your printer.
No. The airflow rate is so low that it doesn’t affect the overall temperature in the enclosure.
No, we’ve tested it on different printers, with different materials, and printing quality doesn’t change.
In order to make Zimpure efficient, compact, and very silent, 3D printed parts are not enough. Zimpure comes with an injected molded case, vibration absorption foam, acoustic foam, and high quality components that cost a lot if you buy them on your own. Also, we have conducted lots of tests in a laboratory to provide you with an efficient and reliable product. The instruments used for nanoparticles and VOC measurements with the precision we had are rare and expensive.
Contrary to what is usually thought, PLA is also a source of nanoparticle and VOC emissions. Plastic filaments are also never pure ABS or pure PLA. Filaments are made up of a complex mixture of different polymers, in order to provide the best printing quality, layer adhesion, warping resistance, flexibility, and other parameters. Many different toxic compounds can be found from one filament to another. Like most plastics, PLA has the potential to be toxic if inhaled and/or absorbed into the skin or eyes as a vapor or liquid (i.e. during manufacturing processes like 3D Printing).
Yes you can use it with your enclosure. If your enclosure is almost perfectly airtight, you can use Zimpure as a filtration system without the suction head. Just place it inside the enclosure, or run the tube into it. If your enclosure isn’t really airtight, use Zimpure with the suction head.