perf board -- where to buy

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perf board -- where to buy

Post by gradient_dissent » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:25 pm

I've been using the painters tape solution for a few weeks now, but I've read about people being successful with some sort of perf board, but I can't seem to find any specifics. Where could I find such a thing?

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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by Madox » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:51 pm

Local electronics parts store. Depends where in the world you are.

I went the lazy route and bought off eBay :)

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Post by gradient_dissent » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:40 am

So then just any of these? And i just cut it to size and tape it down?

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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by Marcus » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:13 am

http://cgi.ebay.de/Microminature-Pre-pu ... 1e60dd1ea2

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2103804

There is also some slightly cheaper, large board available from a asian vendor, but it was warped very badly when I got it, while this one was packed nicely.
I'm still using cheap brand painters tape (sanded with fine sand paper) but I hear the radioshack board works well.

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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by gradient_dissent » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:52 pm

Thank you so much! I will post again in a little to say how well it worked out.

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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by Marcus » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:50 pm

Great! Keep us posted!

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Post by DrewPetitclerc » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:29 pm

I made a purchase of perf board at Fry's electronics, I purchased 3 sheets and cut them on an angle, they are working great, no more lift even with large square parts, one thing though you have to get your build plate really flat to the X and Y axis. I slap in a cold board and don't preheat, just print one after another, I use 4 small bulldog/binder clips to hold them down, I bent the metal arms to clear the sheet metal on the printer and give me better grip to remove, they work great for me.
Here is the manufacturers web site.
http://www.twinind.com/catalog_detail.php?id=88
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Post by vibez » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:05 pm

DrewPetitclerc wrote: I bent the metal arms to clear the sheet metal on the printer and give me better grip to remove, they work great for me.
Any chance of a photo of the bent bulldog clip. I'm currently having to raise the build platform using washers to accommodate my bulldog clips. Downside is that the platform doesn't get much heat. So i'm looking for a better solution.

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Post by odiegel » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:27 pm

I use little bulldog clips to attach the perforated PCB, and then just remove the bulldog clip arms so they dont get itn the way of anything. The ones I use are dead easy to remove. Just squeeze the bits of wire together and they come off.
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Post by airborn2 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:42 pm

Hi -

I've ordered perf board from Digikey in the US. # V1124-ND which is .062" x 6" x 17" at $16.73.
The size allows you to get about 3 boards.

For clips, I'm using 1/4" x 1/4" miniature square brass tubing from a hobby shop.
I cut off one side so I get a "U" shaped channel that just fits the platform and the
perf board exactly and works like a charm.

Ken

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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by vibez » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:16 pm

Cheers odiegel, never realised the arms came off. Thanks for the tip :)

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Post by DrewPetitclerc » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:35 pm

vibez wrote:
DrewPetitclerc wrote: I bent the metal arms to clear the sheet metal on the printer and give me better grip to remove, they work great for me.
Any chance of a photo of the bent bulldog clip. I'm currently having to raise the build platform using washers to accommodate my bulldog clips. Downside is that the platform doesn't get much heat. So i'm looking for a better solution.
I use only 2 bulldog clips now and I've not had any issues, I bent the wire arms so they would clear the sheet metal, I also replaced the build plate with a new "MIC" aluminum plate, more stable with temp changes and better flatness control, it is also a 1/2" longer so there is room to use the bulldog clips and not compromise the build area, I tried to include a video but it was too large.
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Post by DrewPetitclerc » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:47 pm

You can see a lot of the models I've printed using the perf board and different colors of ABS, I love this method over paint or tape, I can quickly change build plates and colors due to the redesigned parts on the feeder asm and the cheap storage/dispensing box I've created, look these up and you too can be printing with a lot less trouble
http://www.thingiverse.com/DrewPetitclerc
I've not yet published the change I made to the leveling system I use, I removed the wave washers and replaced them with a central stack of a high temp rubber washer I punched from a flat sheet, I replaced the short M3 screws with slightly longer ones and firmly screwed them down, with new "MIC" aluminum plate, now when ever I need to adjust (almost never need to since using bulldog clips and perf board) I can get extremely accurate level from very small adjustments (always in the tightening direction).
I've been using the MakerBot ABS and it works great, but for smaller finer acurate models I still fall back to the PP3DP white/natural when needed
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Re: perf board -- where to buy

Post by TeamTeamUSA » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:26 am

FWIW, here's the original Veroboard/perfboard post. :)

Lots of nuggets there...

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Post by DrewPetitclerc » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:44 pm

I've had great success with this I bought from the local Fry's electronics, here is the link.

http://www.twinind.com/catalog_detail.php?id=88
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