Glass Offset Tricky Clippy

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Glass Offset Tricky Clippy by AdanA Nov 23, 2012
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Along the lines of LeftAngle's http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:29214 but using a printed plastic part instead of glass to provide the offset.

Sized for 3.3mm thick glass and Replicator 1.

The goal is to trick your printer to make room for glass on the HBP.


Print (I used 20% fill, 0 extra shells). I got impatient and stopped it at 70%. It doesn't need to be as long as I made it.

Measure the thickness of the "top" (assuming you have oriented it as if you'll be clipping down onto something). I wanted this to be slightly less than my glass thickness (because I had a spring nearly slack), so I sanded it until this measured closer to 3.2mm. YBPMV.

Note the location where the Z axis limit switch makes contact with the platform support structure when you do the "home axes" routine. Clip this onto the plywood at that location. Press firmly to ensure it's all the way on.

Your fingers may be more nimble than mine. I needed forceps to accomplish this.

Use caution as you go to home the axes for the first time with glass on there. Start, maybe, by cranking down on the adjustment nuts a half turn or so.

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Hi, what type of glass are you using? Thanks.

I used 2mm picture type glass from Lowe's. Couple bucks, but I had to buy a glass cutter 'cause theirs was messed up. Sanded sides so I wouldn't cut myself.
For PLA, you can use these clips to hold the glass down too, I just scaled them up a tad.

Hi there - 3.3mm borosilicate. It's working great.

Thanks for your reply. Where did you got it? Thanks.

I am using 1/8" PyroCeram available from http://www.onedayglass.comwww.onedayglass.com. Much better physical properties than boro and tempered glass. More in cost but worth it I am sure. Check it out yo!

Nice - looks promising. There've been people reporting that simple 2mm picture frame glass works perfectly well. And that stuff is cheap for real though.

Thanks again for the clip! No adjustments or post processing required.

On my 2nd print with the PyroCeram and very thin layer of bed solution (abs/acetone mix). This stuff rocks! I leveled the bed after securing the Z-axis clip and taped the glass to the bed...and proceeded to print 4x bed clips (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:35687)www.thingiverse.com/thing:3568... so I can "Hot-Swap" between my 2x sheets of PyroCeram to keep my production up.
I'll post a "made one" very soon. Waiting on my personal laptop charger to arrive.

Thanks again and peace out yo

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