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PrinterHome - A home for your PrintrBot!

by Allistar, published

PrinterHome - A home for your PrintrBot! by Allistar Jan 22, 2013

Description

The PrinterHome is the all-encompassing home for your PrintrBot - printrbot.com (Original or LC but not the larger Plus model), its accessories and tools.

If you are interested in this Thing, please Like it! If you have any suggestions for improvements or changes, please leave comments below.

Your PrintrBot and power supply live inside its thermally protected enclosure, your filament resides on the back.


This is very much still a work in progress. Currently, the PrintrBot is not mounted or affixed in any way to the PrinterHome. Nor will the top fully enclose until I complete the mounting system and PrintrBot base modifications.

I designed the PrinterHome enclosure while in the presence of a MakerBot Replicator, so there are definitely some design influences. However, I take pride in having created it from scratch in Corel Draw with no prior design experience. Thus you might see some discrepancies and mistakes. These WILL be fixed as I continue to improve the design.

To do:

1) Create a proper 'Top' for the PrinterHome that allows for safe filament feeding and proper X-carriage/extruder range of motion, while still retaining its most important purpose: Avoiding unwanted thermal variance.

2) Design a friendlier window mounting solution that allows easier access to the print bed and has less of a gap between the enclosure and the window material. Maybe magnets!

3) A proper lighting mount solution using readily available flexible or inflexible (Ikea DIODER strips come to mind. It's what's currently used in the pictures.



Changes
1-22-2013: Deleted and renamed files to properly reflect the final Thing Name I have chosen.

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similar to a replicator 2 the case

Which part of the LC+ require dimensions greater than 27x18? I have the same laser bed limitations, but still need to make an enclosure for my LC+. Would it be possible to do in multiple pieces? For instance, one large piece can be cut in two halves, with holes along the edges, then joined together by a strip of plywood on the inside with matching holes and some socket head screws.

Also, some lexan (or other plastic) doors on hinges would be great - cut down on adverse air flow around the model (and keep the cats away from the working bits).

Hi, Elso.

It's a popular question to ask and seeing as how I want to make an LC+ (It's so frustrating loading an STL and seeing it hang over my bed perimeter...) it's something I'm definitely interested in doing.

Unfortunately, I can't at this time. The laser cutters I currently have access to only have a cuttable bed dimension of 18"x27". This means that the plain LC is the only thing I can design and cut without designing "blind" - as in doing so without trial and error.

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Instructions

Laser Cutter Instructions:
AS WITH ANYTHING YOU DO, TEST CUT AND FIT ON APPROPRIATELY SIZED CARDBOARD BEFORE CUTTING FINAL. A 27" x 18" laser cutter bed size assumed, otherwise you will need to re-plate the pieces to fit.

To provide the cleanest cuts, I have grouped the cut orders by color. Engrave black first, cut red next and blue last. Otherwise, you risk having ugly, inaccurate pieces.

This Thing is very material intensive. There are a lot of large scrap pieces that can be used for other projects. Prestage your CDR/plate with other 6mm plywood projects to make the most efficient of your cutting time.

6mm Baltic Birch plywood is used. While any 6mm plywood will suffice, we enjoy the finer things in life and thus go with the best. In regards to hardware, 6/32" screws, washers and nuts are utilized for fasteners.

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Important PrinterHome fitting notes:
Your PrintrBot WILL require deconstruction and part replacement if you want to mount it and fully enclose as otherwise the smooth and threaded rod will protrude from the top of the enclosure by about 5mm. In an unmodified state, your x-carriage (the extruder) will also hit the top of the PrinterHome if you print too high.

An 80mm fan grill is provided for controlled ventilation. (Future proofing. Activated charcoal ABS fume mitigation?)

A 4" long 5/6" bolt and related washers/nuts is used for filament spool on back. I initially used skate bearings on the bolt to provide a smoother rotation but it ended up causing the filament to unwind uncontrollably. Don't use bearings, let there be friction.

The .STL contains a single 6mm plywood to 3mm acrylic mount bracket I have designed. This design is also in its infancy and may change. But right now, it securely hugs the plywood and acrylic alike. You can see an example of a 6mm-to-6mm plywood mount bracket in the "Right" picture on this Thing. It utilizes the leftover scrap from the window cutout to provide at least some protection against the ambient temperature of the room.

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monkey1346 on Nov 22, 2013 said:

similar to a replicator 2 the case

elso on Feb 14, 2013 said:

Can you make it for the Plus?

Allistar on Feb 14, 2013 said:

Hi, Elso.

It's a popular question to ask and seeing as how I want to make an LC+ (It's so frustrating loading an STL and seeing it hang over my bed perimeter...) it's something I'm definitely interested in doing.

Unfortunately, I can't at this time. The laser cutters I currently have access to only have a cuttable bed dimension of 18"x27". This means that the plain LC is the only thing I can design and cut without designing "blind" - as in doing so without trial and error.

Allistar on Jan 27, 2013 said:

I'll research the fileformat changes between v12 and v16 and I'll change out the downloads for v12 versions if there are no changes that affect the design. For any future improvements, shall I post SVG versions?

wavetracer on Jan 27, 2013 said:

Never mind, I've just managed to open it in a trial version of X6 and could save them as SVG so I can open them in Inkscape. Thanks anyway!

wavetracer on Jan 27, 2013 said:

Would be nice if you could do that. At my work I do have access to CD 12

Allistar on Jan 25, 2013 said:

Hi, Wavetracer. I designed this in Corel Draw X6. I just confirmed that the downloads work fine, opening perfectly in X6. Unfortunately, I don't have access to earlier versions to test with.

wavetracer on Jan 25, 2013 said:

I've downloaded the drawings but can't open them in Coreldraw 12.0. Could you help me out here?

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