Printer Enclosure Project

Discussion in '3D Printers & Projects' started by Supercharged_Z06, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Supercharged_Z06

    Supercharged_Z06 2[H]4U

    Nov 13, 2006
    I've been printing a good bit of ABS lately... But on the larger print jobs, was getting frustrated as I was getting some lifting/warping on my prints... even with the heated bed. That and the smell wasn't all that great either... Just the nature of the beast with ABS.

    So, I finally broke down and decided to build an enclosure for my Prusa i3 MK2S. Problem now solved and it's a LOT quieter... Not that the Prusa is a loud machine to begin with, but it's now REALLY quiet - so much so I often can't tell its printing. Plus, no more ABS fume smell either!

    It's still somewhat of a work in progress, but most of the heavy lifting is done. Decided to go the Ikea Lack table route. Finished the LED lighting, isolation feet, HEPA filtration duct//fan shroud assembly and the basics as to the enclosure hardware itself:



    Except for the Ikea Lack tables, the marble slab, the nuts/bolts/screws and the plexiglass, all of the fittings/hinges, fan/filter shrouds, case accessories, etc. are all 3D printed by the Prusa.

    Still left to do: Internal Pi camera mount, Pi case to mount a Pi 3 on the back (for Octoprint), power switches and temperature indicator panel on the front top (just inside door), temperature control circuitry for the fan, and a lighting control circuit - also going to have the Pi wired in to control everything.

    If any of you are interested in doing something similar, there are lots of example projects out there. Here's the project that got me started on this:
    This is the Ikea Lack table it is built from (2x):
    I decided to not use the lower legs - just use it as a box. It's a bit more sturdy that way, plus I had the desk space for it. (Can always easily add the lower legs if I so choose.)

    Here are a few other links that I used in building this:
    All in, I've spent a little over $100 in building it. (Minus the LED lighting, switches, and the Pi that's going in). The most expensive parts so far were the three sheets of plexiglass @ $23 a pop. I went with thicker 5mm panels:
    Was a fun little project - still have a bit of tinkering to do, but I'm very happy with how it has turned out so far.
  2. notarat

    notarat [H]ard|Gawd

    Mar 28, 2010
    I went the cheap route for $8.

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  3. MrFuzzy

    MrFuzzy [H]Lite

    Aug 18, 2005
    Are you planning to move the electronics outside the enclosure or do you think they will be fine inside there?
  4. Logan321

    Logan321 [H]ard|Gawd

    Oct 9, 2003
    Please move your main board and power supply outside the enclosure, or duct outside air into an isolated box. My enclosure reaches 40C inside on long prints. That'll shorten the lifespan of your electronics significantly.