Thought3D sent me a 50ml sample bottle of Magigoo 3D printing adhesive to review for you here. If you have bed adhesion issues, you will be interested to hear what I found. Let’s take a look!
First of all, what does it do?
It’s a “3d Printing Adhesive”, but that does not mean a glue. It actually means it’s a printer bed adhesion helper.
One surprising aspect, reading the bottle, is it is not expected to replace heated beds for even PLA. That’s not at all what I was anticipating, as I am familiar with the Cube family of printers who use an adhesive to help PLA and ABS stick without heated beds. It seems the composition of the formula needs the heat to activate, interesting.
Like 3D Systems adhesive, you can dab and swirl it onto your print bed using the foam tipped bottle, to give even coverage, and there is no off-putting stink like you can often find with these chemicals.
If up to now you have been a fan of hairspray then you will definitely like how little muss and fuss there is with this system. You can direct the goo where you need it, and just where you need it, without a bunch of it getting in your lungs and printer.
Having this extra adhesion helps you print faster, with more confidence, and not need printed helpers like brims and rafts. In theory, at least. While I did see some measurable assistance from the adhesive, as a Buildtak/PEI/Fleks3D fan, I didn’t see as great a boost as advertised so far because my adhesion is already pretty good, so to be fair to Magigoo I am going to grab a piece of clean glass and do a full round of tests with that, stay tuned.
A bottle will give best results for around a month according to the company, and runs around $20 USD (€15.00).