Work is buying me a Taz 5 which rocketh mightily after two years of budget printer use. Now I’ll have the best there is, some say, and I want to build a good enclosure for it.
Well I see the plexi box approach, the wooden box approach, even the styrofoam box approach… and it seems like something a bit lighter might do the job. You see, the heated bed makes the printbed area plenty warm I imagine as it did on my first printer (ROBO3D), and we all know that heat rises so why do we need a full box enclosure?
I’m thinking of a salad bar or buffet food bar where they have the cover that you can see thru yet serves an important function. I mix that in my mind with the notion that heat is escaping upward and needs to be contained somewhat but maybe not completely…
So how about a clear cover that is like a salad bar, angled down front and back and angled or even rounded on the sides, keeping the rising heat inside of it. Then we have three zones: bottom zone is hot, top zone is hot, middle zone gets heat from below and from above, so middle zone is hot.
I bet if I build a salad bar covering the top 1/3 of my Taz 5, I could measure a thermal profile that was even enough for most tasks, yet does not put my Taz 5 in a box, so to speak.