Heat enclosure, any thoughts?

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  1. EASI3D

    EASI3D Active Member

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    Just wondering if anyone was planning to enclose their printer, I pretty much rely on my Makerbots being enclosed. Mainly due to their location in the cold, damp garage, I have 2 BB on order and am looking to enclose them somehow.

    Pete
     
  2. gonzalo

    gonzalo Well-Known Member

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    I am waiting for my BB too, I plan on cutting side covers out of thin lexan that is available at any home improvement store or hobby / craft store. For the front I will 3D print some cool hinges and use magnets for the latch!
     
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  3. Paul Seccombe

    Paul Seccombe Well-Known Member

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    The side panel cut-outs are supplied. You can print "clips" to fit them. This just leaves the front to worry about.
     
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  4. EASI3D

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    Sounds like a plan!
     
  5. EASI3D

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    Ok, mine are pre-assembled, so the cut outs may not be in the package, I will ask anyway.
     
  6. TstarkEngineering

    TstarkEngineering Well-Known Member

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    I tried buying an enclosure door for the Up Box 3d printer, so I could modify the front and top to fit it....they wont sell one to me....guess Ill go a different direction...
     
  7. Henry feldman

    Henry feldman Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I went with a full enclosure with filtration (and preheat) which is still sitting in boxes as I am just swamped, but it looks really nice. It was not cheap, but is lockable glass panels. This isn't a big deal with PLA (but why breathe it anyway) but when I am printing T-Lyne, Nylon, PEEK and other nastier chemicals, why should I (and since a lot of this is for work, I assume OSHA at some point will complain if I don't). It also has thermal cutoff for fire detection and ability to add passive fire suppression.
     
  8. Miasmictruth

    Miasmictruth Well-Known Member

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    Does it exhust heat if the chamber gets to warm, I imagine you don't want the steppers, rumba and acrylic to get too warm.
     
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    Henry feldman Well-Known Member

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    If it doesn't, it will when I get done with it!
     
  10. EASI3D

    EASI3D Active Member

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    I asked the question and the reply is below

    Hi Pete


    The printer is shipped with the side cutouts in the box. Other than that, we do not provide an enclosure for the BigBox, nor do we use one when printing in house. A draft-free room is usually the solution.


    Kind regards,


    Catriona
     
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    EASI3D Active Member

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    Interesting, is something you made or is it commercially available? Care to share the source if it is?
     
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    Please share if you come up with a workable solution
     
  13. Henry feldman

    Henry feldman Well-Known Member

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    Commercial, that way I know it's UL listed, etc in case OSHA or the lab safety guys care when I use it at work. It is here (and yes, it's not cheap). I will definitely add the fire suppression once it is available. They are apparently reworking the preheater for some electrical issue, so that will come later.

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  14. Miasmictruth

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    I have a feeling you won't really need a preheater I bet the hot bed and hotend will heat the chamber rather effectively might be a little slower though.
     
  15. Henry feldman

    Henry feldman Well-Known Member

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    really, really slow (like 1-2 hours to heat that space). Their original design used 800W of heat compared to the tiny bed heater. The surface area of a big box like the printer or enclosure probably loses heat really fast. Think about heating your bedroom with a electric blanket or hair dryer. Yeah in a heavily insulated room it might eventually get there, but not compared to your massively powerful heating system.
     
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    Humm interesting, I swear the room I am in gets warmer when run the big box figured that small of an enclosure would heat up faster.
     
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    That's the route I plan to take when I finally get my plywood Dual (I'm a pre-order, not a backer). With any luck, the cutouts can serve as routing templates to ensure a perfect fit.
     
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    Seems as though that's build to ventbheat not keep it in.
     
  20. TstarkEngineering

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    yes you would have to modify it to a certain extent...
     

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