My $6 enclosure

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My $6 enclosure

Post by Hoek » Sat May 24, 2014 7:50 pm

Been a bit drafty as late and some prints were suffering, also ABS fumes from overheating generic brands was a bit on the nose.

I was looking at printing brackets and just getting pre-cut poly A3 sheets but that meant delays and cost.

Solution... a miniature self assembly wardrobe from the op shop for $5, ~$0.20 worth of glad wrap and some sticky tape.

I was fortunate because I didn't need to cut any of the supplied rods.

The result is below. No door, just lifts straight up and because of the frugal wall thickness should not overheat. Very happy with the results and as a side effect it acts as a mechanism to keep the fumes in. In the meantime I can think of what I need for a fancier one that allows for better airflow to electronics while enclosing the print area.


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Re: My $6 enclosure

Post by ftdesigns » Wed May 28, 2014 9:46 pm

Nice, that's one way to keep in the heat.

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Re: My $6 enclosure

Post by original » Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:39 am

3D printing on a budget! I like! Did you get the idea from the prank of wrapping someone's car up?

Might do that for mine...

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Re: My $6 enclosure

Post by Chris botha » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:01 pm

im going have to go get some goodies from bunnings to do this tommorow, with temps in sydney dropping my printer has become useless, everything is warping like crazy.. the first stargate thing i printed pulled the print plate up so badly that I struggled to get it off the printer... and when it got off it was so curved it was completely useless. I put a cardboard box over the second one and preheated with my wifes hair drier...

makes me wonder why the smaller cheaper up mini unit got an enclosure because of this problem, but the "flagship" didnt?! A lot of things about the developers of this product make me wonder.... is there a captain at the helm?

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Re: My $6 enclosure

Post by roller » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:52 am

Because the Mini came several years later when the lesson had been learned. Because most people who live somewhere cold enough for it to be a big problem have central heating (not so much us Aussies) ... and because the enclosure on the Mini is useless anyway cos there is a great whopping big hole in the top where the heat leaks out anyway.

If you make such an enclosure use two layers - inner and outer. It works much better. Also, a true 3D printer nut prints their own joins :P

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Re: My $6 enclosure

Post by Chris botha » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:32 am

roller wrote: Also, a true 3D printer nut prints their own joins :P
Ha! ok im game to give that a go!

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