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Enclosure for Mendel Prusa printer

by drcore, published

Enclosure for Mendel Prusa printer by drcore Jan 3, 2013


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Preliminary design for a standrad Mendel Prusa printer. Design goals:

  • Combine printer, PSU, RAMPS controller and LCD+keypad into on box.
  • Allow printer to be easily put in and out of box (top bar can be unscrewed to allow printer to be taken out/in).
  • High visibility on printing process (plexiglass windows surrounding machine).
  • Easy access to print platform and end-stops (hinged flap on front, semi-attached flap on the back.
  • As air tight as possible to keep toxic ABS fumes enclosed and stabilize temperature control.
  • Don't use toxic air to cool PSU and controller.
  • Integrate spindle holder on machine (with multi-extruder/spindles as option.

Design was done keeping in mind standard wood pieces and plexiglass. FreeCAD is used to make the design.


Shopping list:
1x 50x50 multiplex baseplate
1x 100x100 plexiglass sheet
1x piano hinge (50 cm)
+/- 3M of 20x30 beam
+/- 6M of 10x35 wood
+/- 1M of 10x50 wood
50cm of 30x60 wood (handle bar)
+/- 100 short wood screws (15 mm)
+/- 20 long wood screws (40+ mm)
Epoxy glue for plexiglass on wood

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