Original Prusa Housing planned?
I need an enclosure... Unfortunately. My large PETG prints warp and I found that I could prevent this, if I put a large cardboard box over the printer... But this is uncomfortable, dirty and you cannot have a look at the print.
As the Stratasys patent does not exist anymore: is there a plan from Prusa to add a real fitting original Prusa enclosure (available through shop)?
I am not sure, if the "Lack-enclosure" is a good way to go...?!?
MY perfect enclosure would:
- not increase the foot print of the printer and is light
- does not hinder reaching all parts for service and cleaning
- keeps filament dry
- keeps electronics outside
- not too expensive
- keeps drives outside
- is heatable
..prioisation in exaxtly this order 😉
What would you recommend? Build Lack or wait for something official? Will it come as upgrade?
All the best
I believe Prusa said some time ago that they did not intent do make enclosures for printers.
About the same time someone (Not sure if it was Prusa, ) suggested a simple draft excluding cube design
...so I will stay with either Lack or your suggestion...
Tendency to Lack (footprint, accessibility, watch /supervise prints)
Personally I went with this:
Here's my reasoning for choosing this over something like a Lack enclosure:
- Zero work (sometimes you don't have time to DIY)
- Fits my Prusa MINI+ (I think there are larger, similar models that fit the MK3S)
- Compact (can be installed on any table or workbench, no need to take floor space with additional furniture)
- Can be folded flat and stored when not in use. Does not take much storage space.
- It's a photo studio (built-in LEDs with color temperature and brightness adjustment, etc.) which you can also use to take nice photos of your prints
- Better looking and potentially takes less space than a white photo tent (depends on the model)
- The cost is similar if not lower than buying Lack tables, plexiglass and using filament to print the parts
Note that I just received mine, so I haven't tried using it as an enclosure yet (however I've seen other people using the same kind of photo studio as for that purpose). I have some PC blend coming in soon so I'll get to try it soon enough.
Thanks - but just 37 minutes too late 🙂
Just ordered 3mm PC sheets for the lack Version 1 (50€ inc shipping) and started the print of first set of parts 3 minutes ago..
Anyway: thanks for trying to help!!
You may want to return your order and get a decent enclosure, not pressed IKEA cardboard. There are lots of examples here in the forum using server racks with glass door and removable sides.
It´s your good right to disagree. I for one will however not even begin to consider a LACK table to provide sufficient housing for a printer which can reach up to 280 degrees C and which will run for days and nights. Try setting a LACK table on fire and then try the same with a steel / tempered glass enclosure. Given that a decent 19 inch rack costs not more than about €150 and is available from the second hand market for a fraction of that cost, I fail to recognize any advantage of the LACK.
No enclosure will survive a printer fire. The best way to prevent a fire is good maintenance and not an enclosure. To get a "proper" enclosure, it will cost you more than the printer.
Can´t see where I claimed that an enclosure would prevent a fire, so don´t twist my words please.
Sorry, misread your note. Well, no enclosure will survive a fire, right, but a metal casing will not burn itself and set the room ablaze.
Ok. The lack works well. I have a print farm of 17 printed and the lack tables serve me well. I am thrifty and they just simply work. Do what you must, but lack tables provide enough enclosure to print up to PC Blend.