FABRIKÖR Enclosure for Prusa Mini  

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pascal.l4
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I've been looking for a good Prusa Mini Enclosure. Since the official Prusa V2 is mostly for multi-material upgrade and the MK3, I was considering the original design. The thing is that the plexi is quite expensive. So I was imagining using some cheap foamcore boards from the dollar store on the back and the sides when I saw a post about using the FABRIKÖR as an enclosure. Maybe it could work for the Prusa Mini without removing the back glass?

So, on the IKEA website, the size seems alright. The depth is 18 1/2 " (47 cm) and the maximum weight of each shelves is 11kg. Turns out that the weight of the Mini is 7.4kg and the depth of the Mini (including the Power connection#Wire) is somewhat 17 inches (to be confortable). Looks like a fit!  Trying my luck, I seached the local Kijiji ads and I find a FABRIKÖR in perfect condition for 150$CAN (108$US). Ok. I'm in. Fast forward to the basement with the FABRIKÖR:

Actually, well..., I forgot to look closely and the unit depth is around 15 "... The 18 1/2 " is for the legs. Well, it is in the basement, so let's see what is possible. I turn the unit sideway and works like a charm. Actually, it gives me a good access to the filament, the USB connector and I'm able to operate the Controls. Of course I would have like it to fit in its natural orientation, but I guess it can work:

When the door is closed, there is enough room for the filament to reach the upper shelf. I will reduce the Tube lenght to the filament sensor and add a longer tube from the filament sensor to the lower shelf to make it cleaner. If it become and issue, I think I could use the corner as well.

So the corner (red circle) allow for the power cord to fit correctly (it is not squeezed), but the bottom does not leave any room for the cord to go out (the above pictures shows the bottom without the plate). Well, it looks like I will have to cut a hole in this nice looking bottom plate. I don't have many tools (Dremel, regular drill), so I'm hesitating at the moment.

So, If you have any advice or idea, please share. I'll post a picture if I manage to optimize further the enclosure for the Mini. I plan to add some lightning. I will have to think about the airflow and a temperature monitor as it is quite efficient at keeping air inside (even if the glass is not sealed to the frame) and the heat build up could become an issue (or at least it could a QA test for the nozzle fan).

This topic was modified 4 months ago 2 times by pascal.l4
Posted : 13/04/2020 11:14 pm
bobcousins
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Posted by: @pascal-l4

I plan to add some lightning.

Wow, I'm impressed! 😉

Posted : 14/04/2020 12:35 am
pascal.l4
(@pascal-l4)
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@bobcousins

It's not that hard !

https://sciencing.com/make-lightning-bolt-bottle-10057255.html

Well, I meant light ... stuff..ya know 🙂

Posted : 14/04/2020 12:41 am
jbinfl
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Neat!

I was looking at that one but was concerned about sizing.  Thank you for posting that so we know it will fit.

Since IKEA is closed, I have not been able to go take size measurements but I was going to look at the Hemnes and Brimnes, both cabinets with glass doors, once IKEA opens back up.  Of course, you can get them shipped but shipping is outrageously expensive, so I will wait.  Right now I have an IKEA plastic bin that I cut a window out of around it for dust protection in the interim.

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Posted : 20/04/2020 6:45 pm
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