Material:Adhesive Tape

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polyimide tape (“Kapton”)masking tapeall weather tapedouble sided tapeduct tapeCommon types of adhesive tape on a pile.
clickable imagemap of common adhesive tapes (links to sections below)

Adhesive tapes consist of some kind of backing covered with an adhesive on at least one side.

A good idea before applying any kind of adhesive tape to a smooth surface is to remove any dust and fat, e.g. by wiping it with a few drops of acetone.

Don't know what your type of tape is called? No problem! Click areas in the image on the right to get where you want ->
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All Weather Tape

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All Weather Tape

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Synonyms: outdoor tape; DE: Allwetter-Klebeband,
witterungsbeständiges Klebeband
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This tape is not perfectly clear but a lot more transparent than it seems when you look at the entire roll. It is pretty thick and can withstand UV radiation and very low or high temperatures better than other kinds of adhesive tape.


Clear Tape

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Clear Tape

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Synonyms: "Scotch tape";
DE: Filmband, Klebefilm, "Tesafilm"
On Site? usually
Location: common room & wood workshop
Suggested Tools: shop scissors

Clear tape is hard to tear and usually cut by a tape dispenser or scissors.


Double Sided Tape

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Double Sided Tape

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Synonyms: double-sided tape, two-way tape;
DE: doppelseitiges Klebeband,
Doppelklebeband, Verlegeband
Suggested Tools: shop scissors

Double sided tape consists almost entirely of adhesive and should therefore only be cut with cheap shop scissors. They still need to be cleaned afterwards...

It can be very useful for fixing a workpiece you want to mill.


Duct Tape

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Duct Tape

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Synonyms: duck tape;
DE: Gewebeband, "Panzertape"
On Site? some
Suggested Donation: 10 €/roll
Location: wood workshop
Suggested Tools: hands

Duct tape (from "duck tape" after the type of sturdy fabric) is a reinforced tape with excellent adhesion and stability properties on many materials. You can tear it by hand, and even though that is harder than with many other tapes scissors should not be used as they would get clogged with adhesive.

The very similar "gaffer tape" is mainly made from fabric instead of artificial polymers and features an adhesive that is more easily removable.


Masking Tape

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Masking Tape

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Synonyms: painter's tape;
DE: Malerkrepp, Kreppband,
Abdeckband
On Site? yes
Suggested Donation: 2.50 €/roll
Location: wood workshop
Suggested Tools: markers, hands

Masking tape is commonly used for protecting corners or small surfaces when painting or to label things as it is cheap and easily removable without traces. You can easily tear it by hand.


Packing Tape

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Packing Tape

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Synonyms: packaging tape; DE: Packband
Suggested Tools: shop scissors, scalpels

Packing tape may seem brown and ugly at first glance, but can be used for awesome semi-transparent pieces of art!


Polyimide Tape

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Polyimide Tape

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Synonyms: "Kapton tape";
DE: Polyimid-Klebeband
On Site? usually
Suggested Donation: 15 €/roll
Location: electronics room
Suggested Tools: shop scissors

Polyimide tape (commonly called "Kapton" after a brand name) is a very thin insulating tape. It is commonly used on 3D printers with glass or aluminum beds (not our Original Prusa i3 MK2S!) to increase print bed adhesion as it is heat resistant and common printing materials seem to stick to it rather well when it is warm.


Copper Tape

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Copper Tape

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Synonyms: DE: Kupferband
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Warning: sharp edge!

Copper tape can be used to make electrical connections.