Heated Bed For Type A Machines Series 1 #3DThursday
We’ve been testing the Type A Machines Series 1 3D printer in our lab and we were surprised to see an instructable for a heated bed upgrade. This printer comes stocked with a large 305mm x 305mm removable glass build plate and doesn’t offer a heated bed upgrade on the manufacturers website (yet). It’s a ambitious project that requires working with line level 110VAC current, so you need to know what you’re doing! It’s good to know Type A Machines has the best hacker’s warranty, just don’t blow up your machine!
If you’ve ever printed something large on an FDM style 3D Printer then you’re well aware of the limitations of the technology. Without a heated bed it becomes incredibly difficult to get large prints to stay down without warping.
What’s a solution to this problem? A heated bed of course! But what if you already have a printer without a heated bed? There’s no need to go out and buy a new one, if you have a Series 1 you can use the modular build platform to make your own heated bed! It’s pretty easy and only requires some basic fabrication skills.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
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