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CPVC Foamboard Enclosure

by Str86 Feb 25, 2018
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You should probably Mention that this is designed for 1/2in sch 40 pvc pipe.. The modeled openings are 0.88in in diameter, and 3/4 in pvc pipe has an OD of 1.050. 1/2in pvc pipe has and OD of 0.840, which I think is what you modeled the parts for...

in all fairness you could simply pick the design you want and print 8 pieces. Take one to the hardware store and get the pipe you want even if it was smaller "OD".. an adapter would be extra simple for even a novice designer....

I chose this type of pipe for its rigidity.

3/4 pipe doesn't fit in the holes, based on the description you mention 3/4, but there is no way it will fit, did you scale the models?

There is 2 types of PVC.. I uploaded an image of the exact pipe I used... I used the one with the higher heat rating for its rigidity.. SEE ATTACHED PIC

Simple and elegant solution. Thanks for sharing. Could you build the box without the PVC tubing? Just wondering if the foam board will provide enough rigidity.

I added a "light version" of the design that completely excludes PVC and just has the corner caps for longevity... I have worked extensively with this foam board under some failry brutal circumstances and this expierence has shown the most likely point of damage/failure is on the corners of the foam board. So, the printed parts are not really needed for use but adds a great deal of longevity to the design as well as making it really easy to assemble and modify.

Anyone going to make this design should really consider taping the long edges of the foam board along the bottom to add protection from dents and dings.. Not to mention that the edges of the foam board is where the paper is likely to start seperating over time.

Please see: BARE BONES Foamboard Enclosure v1

Not to kill my own design here but all of this can be achieved with just the foam board and some tape..

This idea came to me because I use this foam board to make airplanes available from Flite Test. I highly encourage anyone that is into DIY to look at what they do with foam board. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN PLANES..

The stuff they do with this foam boggles the mind...

The Printed Parts and PVC is for longevity and makes this very modular and sturdy!

In the future I will add additional upgrades to this including a plexiglass window/door and a filament holder with external feed guide..

With foam board and some tape you can't make removable panels.

I included a solution to make adding the woood shelf a ton easier...

The PVC Enclosure Top Hole Guide is a printed part that allows you to either use wood or foam of any thickness on the top and drill the holes easily without fussing with a template guide.. Not to mention it is a very attrative addition!

I just added an update with pics to illustrate just how sturdy it is... You really do not even need the PVC at all just tape and glue.... I use it as a shelf now so I need the strength the PVC gives it..

FOAM BOARD is way stonger than anyone would expect!

Cool. Thanks.
BTW, Home Depot has a corrugated plastic sheet (same type as used for signs) 8x4 feet for under $20.

Those moving boxes you can buy at walmart would work on this too.. Tons of low cost attractive options!