CREALITY K1 / K1 MAX BED WELD SURFACE COMPATIBILITY GUIDE

BED WELD was initially developed for use on glass surfaces. Since development, additional surface types have come to market. Some are compatible, while others are not. On incompatible surfaces, BED WELD will not coat the surface smoothly and the coating can become white and flake off when heated. It is critical to use a compatible surface!

For Creality K1 series printers, the stock build plate is not compatible.

However, the following option will provide for a compatible surface to use with BED WELD:

GAROLITE (G10) / PHENOLIC SURFACES

Compatible after market build plates made from Garolite and/or Phenolic resin are available, or one can be made from parts readily available.

For the best experience, we recommend getting a thin piece of Garolite/Phenolic and attaching it on top of the Creality steel sheet.

3D Maker Engineering offers a precut piece of Garolite/Phenolic with a 3M adhesive backing. They sell them here: https://www.3dmakerengineering.com/collections/3d-printer-build-plates/products/garolite-3d-printer-build-plate

Alternatively, you can cut your own from a sheet of Garolite/Phenolic. For example, for the K1 you can get a pack of 12×12 Micarta Phenolic resin (Garolite) sheets from here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09KMB2F7W/

K1 Max will need larger sized pieces of Garolite. Source Garolite based on your build plate dimensions.

Note – Cutting Garolite can be difficult and is known to dull saw blades quickly. Care should also be taken to avoid inhaling the dust generated during the cutting process.

Note – Some Garolite suppliers require cleaning with soap and water to remove oils before applying Bed Weld. Use dish soap and warm water. Avoid 70/30 Isopropyl alcohol as it can leave an invisible residue on the plate that impacts coating spreadability. Dry with a clean paper towel. Towels with fabric softeners should be avoided.

If you cut your own piece of garolite, you can get some sheets of 3M 468MP adhesive from here: https://www.amazon.com/Adhesive-Transfer-Double-Sided-Weupe/dp/B07BK8PHZK/

Use that to attach the garolite to the Creality steel plate so it will be magnetic. Or, you can attach some magnetically receptive vinyl to the bottom of your sheet to make it magnetic.

Note: Don’t use magnetic tape as magnet on magnet is not optimal and requires orienting it so the polarities attract. Magnetically receptive vinyl acts like steel. You can purchase some here: https://www.amazon.com/Adhesive-Transfer-Double-Sided-Weupe/dp/B07BK8PHZK/