Intro: 3d Printer Enclosure
This is an enclosure for open source 3d printers that you can easily make yourself for a low cost. This is to provide a stable working environment outside of the office or workshop.
The enclosure has been designed to securely hold and protect your printer inside an insulated environment. It is has a ventillation system which actively removes dust and moisture to below 70% relative humidity aswell as maintaining a stable working temperature of ~ 27°C.
Currently it holds a modified printbot so that the entire bot can fit inside a 280/280/280 space (the enclosure).
Step 1: Bill of Materials
Bill of Materials
- 4 x 25Litre Plastic container (used to hold liquids ( for free ones check your local cafe, hospital, or hotels)
- 100mm of clear 50mm tubing(used for irrigation or ducting)
- ~ 8m of 8mm u shaped rubber extrusion (get it from your hardware store or rubber extrusions place)
- Silicone tube and gun
1 - Outtake
- 2 x 120mm fans with atleast 70cfm and preferably a temperature controller (cheap ones found at pc stores or hydroponics
- 8 x 15/4mm screw and bolt
2 - Filament Enclosure:
- 2 x 285mm 5/16(~8mm) threaded rodd (get it from a hardware store or old pc printers) (.ai cutting file provided)
- 4 x 5/16 nuts (hardware store)
- 4 x wing nuts (hardware store)
- 16 x 5/16 washers (hardware store or make them yourself)
- 16 x 5/16 bearings (skateboards, rollerblades all use this standard)
- 1 x elastic latch
- 3 x 8 x 15/4mm screw and bolt
- 1 small pully (found at hardware stores)
- required cable ties (found at hardware stores)
3 - 3d printer enclosure:
- 280/280/2mm MDF or similar b)oard (found at hardware and art stores)
- cable ties (hardware store)
- 1 x elastic latch (hardware store)
- 8 x 15/4mm screw and bolt (hardware store)
4 - Moisure/Dust Reducing Intake
- 2 x 120mm fans with atleast 70cfm and preferably a temperature controller (cheap ones found at pc stores or hydroponic stores)
- 2 x 100mm grate flange (used for plumbing)
- 2 x 100mm seal (comes with flange)
- 4 x dust mask (harware store)
- ~200 gram silica crystals (use kitty litter or dessicants)
- 8 x 8 x 15/4mm screw and bolt (hardware store)
The entire build process is explained in a visual style with minimal annotations
Step 2: Initial Cuts
Cuts are made to 4 X 25litre container ready for further construction. All parts of the containers are used to reduce overall waste and efficiently use the material available.
A & B - become part of ventillation system
Y x 6 - become a washer for ventillation system
E - become your 3d printer and filament holder
Step 3: Ventilation Outake
Step 4: Spool Holder
Step 5: 3d Printer Holder
The cutting files for the baseplate have been attached as a legacy .ai and .dxf
The base plate fits very snuggly into the enlcosure so it is crucial a 1300mm radius and exact dimensions are followed.
Step 6: Moisture and Dust Reducing Intake
This intake uses a friction fit to ensure an insulated seal. It has been tested using an arduino moisture and temperature probe setup and has shown significant moisture and temperature reduction.
Step 7: Slide It All Together
Using the 25mm lengths of clear tubing, slide all your parts together to create a friction fit which holds everything to make a complete system. Your mini 3d printer is now ready to venture out into the wild!
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