We’ve had a number of folks asking about enclosing the top of their mini in addition to enclosing all four sides. So, we made a top panel (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:994992) and attached it with the same panel clips as the rest of our enclosure (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:994992). Both are laser cut acrylic. We then did some test prints to monitor the internal temperature of the build envelope, during some extended prints. Bottom line, adding the top panel raises the internal temperature by roughly 10-13 degrees F vs leaving the top open. On a 85 degree day, we were seeing internal temperatures of 103 with the enclosure on the printer, and roughly 115 with the top panel added.
I’d definitely recommend monitoring the internal temperature when using the top. We found the simplest/cheapest way is with a meat thermometer, inserted through the thermometer monitoring port in the top front of the machine.
Bonus with the top panel installed the inside says cleaner, and the cat can’t reach in and steal our prints.
TabSynth Design Works LLC
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