So, the first thing you need to know is that I have a very bad 3d printer. It just is. One of the Z axis screw-bar-things is bent slightly so, the heater takes AGES to warm up... it's got issues, but it manages to hobble around and prints alright. It didn't ask for this lot in life, but it is what it is and, unfortunately, we both have to make do with each other.
But I print almost exclusively in ABS and the best place for my printer is in an unused space on my window sill. Which is a problem. Windowsills are not the most thermally stable places nor are they breeze-less. So, I need to make an enclosure for this bad boy.
Here are my goals for this project.
- The enclosure must encase the printer, filament spool, and power supply entirely. That means four walls, a ceiling, and a door. I can do without it having a floor.
- The enclosure must contain the printer within its full range of motion. In other words, the print bed must be able to freely move all the way back and forth without hitting the front or back walls.
- The interior of the enclosure should be lit. You know, for cameras.
- It should be moderately well insulated.
- As cheap as possible while still be structurally sound.
Victor Frost •
01/21/2015 at 07:01 •
After measuring my printer in full and adding a little space for wiggle room, we end up with a necessary size of 2' x 2' x 1' 10". I also measured the thickness of cardboard (which I'm going to use as a two layered flattened version of the box), which comes out to be about 6mm thick. So, those numbers in hand, I can now get to designing the structural elements of the enclosure, particularly the bits to hold the cardboard peices together at the corner.
Victor Frost •
01/20/2015 at 21:30 •
When it comes to doing a budget-constrained project, the best place to start is, rather than the design phase, the materials gathering phase. This is because, ultimately, you can have the best design in the world but, if you can't build it, it may as well not exist.
So I just rooted around my garage and I think I found a great material for the wall. USPS Priority Mail boxes. They are big, free, an easy to work into whatever size I need. It also has the added benefit of being full of air pockets, making it a good insulator!
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