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Replicator 2 Ceramic Tape replacement template

by Oana Nov 10, 2014
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Very nice, thanks for the upload! Seems to work on my Flashforge.

Good job! BTW... A much more durable replacement is the cloth stuff from McMasterCarr;
I wrap it in kapton, then make the holes and the cuts then after I put it in place I secure it with thin captain strips. Unlike the ceramic stuff the cloth can actually be handled and will last ALOT longer. Only problem with it is you have to buy a whole roll.
We will talk about this thing and replacing the insulation on the 3D Printing Today podcast; threedprintingtoday.libsyn.com

I read an interesting post about alternatives to the ceramic tape. I tried to find the link but no luck. It said that you need to be very careful that the tape you use insulates heat rather than electricity. A lot of the thin tapes don't do as good a job as the ceramic fibre for keeping the hotend hot, and where they do they have more heat leakage onto to the plastic support.

I am not particularly well versed in this sort of thing, I assume the stuff you linked me to will do the job well, I just thought it was interesting about the heat vs electrical insulation.

And.... you will probably still find this template useful (though it might end up a little bit loose).

The link is for thermal tape, NOT electrical Tape. The cloth stuff is rated for temps higher then the ceramic tape that came in the bot. The ceramic stuff becomes brittle and falls apart within a year and simply cannot be handled. The cloth, when wrapped in kapton, will last indefinitely and won't break even after a tear down of the assembly. It is not thin. It is slightly thicker then the ceramic tape. Cutting it exact to a template can be tricky, but as long as the holes line up correct and the length is correct it will fit. The hex pattern for the nozzle is not required.

I will have to try it, thanks for the tip :)I will have to try it, thanks for the tip :)

Also listened to your latest podcast. Very interesting! I'm a novice when it comes to the machine so will stay tuned to keep up to date.

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