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Quick, cheap "heated build chamber"

Discussion in 'Mods and Upgrades' started by Red Submarine, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Red Submarine

    Red Submarine Active Member

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    I put "HBC" in quotes because some of you are going to hate this, but it has worked well for me so far so I thought I'd share it with the forum. Forgive me.

    I was having issues with some rather thin, tall ABS prints warping. I knew a HBC would help, but since I was low on time and didn't want to put a bucket over it I just taped on some thick aluminum foil. Put the shiny side in to help reflect the radiant heat in there and covered the hole on the top to keep the heat from seeping there and I have had no issues with my large ABS prints warping since. It's also nice because it just folds up if you want to check on your print.

    Plus, now the aliens can't read my printers thoughts :)

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  2. tesseract

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    Xenu says be careful in that setup one of the things people are looking at is the build up of heat on teh belts seems to loosen them and they see slipping
     
  3. Printed Solid

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    I'm not sure if that would make it better or worse to walk in to an air print or a plate of spaghetti. Maybe worse? Kind of like finding socks wrapped up in a video game sized box on Christmas morning.
     
  4. Mikethinks

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    Maybe do something similar using one of those turkey oven bags so you can still see inside. Still cheap and easy.
     
  5. Red Submarine

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    I will say that I have noticed a bit more squeaking from the belt under the bed. Perhaps the heat causes it to swell, which then causes rubbing and squeaking and then eventually slippage. I'll keep an eye on it for sure, thanks
     
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    For me, ABS printing got really good in the middle of the summer. Just wait a few months :)

    Have you tried HIPS? It's a little bit more brittle than ABS, but has similar properties with lower warpage.
     
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    I haven't tried HIPS yet, but I am printing parts for a road bike, so they need to be a little more durable, hence the ABS.
     
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    Isn't HIPS primarily used for dissolvable supports?

    Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk
     
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    that one works for me as well LOL
    as is
     
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  11. Red Submarine

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    Is that a t-shirt???

    Awesome
     
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    I hope you don't mind, I've copied your high tech design...... however the graphics on mine don't quite match.

    I also like the work accessories in your work space.... a nice bottle of red wine....
     
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  15. Matheo Stravlas

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    Tesseract told to keep some beer or stronger to stay relaxed ;)
     
  16. Fate3d

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    I cover mine also. Be careful of to much heat. The power supply exhaust blows into the build area. Im designing a case to the back and front. I will be laser cutting the parts. I would leave the top long cutout open to let it vent out.

    Joe
     
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    He is smart that way. ;)
    Jolly good advice.
     
  18. Red Submarine

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    Who needs wine when you've got acetone?!?! :eek:




    *(feel the need to clarify, NEVER EVER EVER drink acetone. EVER)
     
  19. tonycstech

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    LOL. Crank your bed up to 110 or more and get same results in room temperature.
    Make sure u have no room ventilation during first 20-30 layers.
     
  20. Samuel Shannon

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    Those are really great ideas. What I did to keep heat in my build platform was use paper tape to hold plastic shopping bags over the 2 gigantic openings. I wanted to be able to see if my build was adhering properly so on the bag in the front I used a precision knife to cut a rectangular opening and taped a ziplock baggie over that to make a window.http://i.imgur.com/GwJu346.jpg
     
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