SpiderBot Delta 3D Printer

Chamber Heater ?

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Friday, February 21 2014, 11:04 PM
Joules
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Has anyone got print examples using the chamber heater, is it worth the extra money or only really of use for ABS printing.

I have been thinking what I would add to my future order. One of the big items is the chamber heater. I have been watching lots of other 3D printers, but keep coming back to the SpiderBot. I like the fact it uses and shares three stepper motors for motion, relies on gravity to compensate for backlash and uses industrial bearings on the slides. Its just a shame people don't post more printed examples and youtube videos.

Joules
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      Saturday, February 22 2014, 07:33 PM - #permalink
      Hey Joules,

      I have a heater, but will probably do my first test prints somewhere next week. At the moment I am a bit in the middle of redecorating/house renovation.

      How many print examples would you like? I have a thingiverse account and a blog where I keep a ton of prints. Links:

      http://www.thingiverse.com/CasperH/made
      http://www.cmhofstede.nl/en/tag/3d-printing/

      If you are also curious, I do have a lot of experience before and after getting a PEI bed. If you want to print some big (flat) parts I can recommend it.

      Where do you live? If you are in the Netherlands you are free to come have a look when I have it running. ;)

      As far as I am aware it really only has added value when you print with ABS, I have not heard/seen a heated build chamber for PLA prints/printers anywhere ever.
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      Joules
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      Saturday, February 22 2014, 10:03 PM - #permalink
      Thanks for the offer Casper, I would be round like a shot. However, as I am in Yorkshire in the UK, its a bit of a long cycle ride, so will have to settle for images and any videos you choose to post. Thanks for the links.

      Joules
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      Monday, March 03 2014, 06:07 AM - #permalink
      PLA takes longer to cool and shrinks less. The chamber heater is really only necessary for ABS, which cools quite quickly (making it great for fine detail and overhangs) but shrinks as a result, causing warping. Heating the bed to 100 degrees celsius helps it stick to the bed, and reduces (does not eliminate) warping of the print base, but does nothing to reduce warping of the print further away from the base. A heater for the entire chamber is necessary to reduce warping of the entire print. As usual, Pierre has anticipated and addressed this with a chamber heater. I have not tried it, but am sure it would help with ABS, For PLA, it is not necessary.
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      Monday, March 03 2014, 07:43 PM - #permalink
      The Tek Guy wrote:As usual, Pierre has anticipated and addressed this with a chamber heater. I have not tried it, but am sure it would help with ABS, For PLA, it is not necessary.
      I thought his name was Philippe... :o

      At the moment I have the heater installed and running (a prototype version) it is definitely an improvement, an object that use to curl quite a bit is printing just fine. I will be doing more tests the next few days.
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      Monday, March 03 2014, 09:45 PM - #permalink
      Yes, sorry meant Philippe. Late nights....;)
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      Thursday, March 20 2014, 04:09 PM - #permalink
      Sorry for the delay of my reply...
      Yes, part heater is only for ABS, if you print PLA, no need to heat the chamber...
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