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FlashForge Creator Pro - Corner Glass clips

by jherridge Dec 28, 2014
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I mafe 1135601 which is a remix of your design. But i added springs in the nut groove to make them self adjusting. See #258058.

If you want to print some wing nuts to fasten these clips, I made this M3 wingnut:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1447274

and this (washer so that it tightens on the clip without slipping into the slots on the clip):
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1447463

This was made using this generator:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:193647

These wingnuts are not quite wide enough to fit snuggly into the wing nut covers linked to on this things, but that is not really a big deal anyways... The covers are bulky and unnecessary.

My Customized NUT JOB | Nut, Bolt, Washer and Threaded Rod Factory
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My Customized NUT JOB | Nut, Bolt, Washer and Threaded Rod Factory
by gglang
NUT JOB | Nut, Bolt, Washer and Threaded Rod Factory

Too large, too bulky, did not match the height of bed. On a good side - the only one with a gap for a nut at the bottom of heatbed.

I'm a little confused. Is this a solution only if you somehow didn't get a piece of 9 x 6" glass cut correctly to size? Or is the build plate on all Flashforge's slightly larger than the advertised 9 x 6?

It's slightly larger.

Thanks... Been looking for these..

Definitely print an extra set! Mine have warped over time from the heat so I'll need to print more. They are great!

Nice design, works great with my 6mm (1/4") glass.

Thanks, the ones that came with my 5mm glass were useless.

Just had to put these on the sander and lower the tops so they'd quit grabbing my extruders :-).

Awesome! Glad to hear they are useful to you!

Hey ChuckNorr15,
Thanks for your inquiry. You are correct, my corner clips are intentionally designed to be near flush with the top of the glass plate to avoid collisions with the extruder nozzles. Before I came up with my glass clip solution, I used binder clips to hold the glass plate down and sometimes I didn't always think it through as to where they needed to be located to avoid the extruder nozzles for a particular print. So, I created a solution to avoid those potential collisions. With a minimum of two corner clips, it should be enough to secure the glass plate to the bed without movement. I'm sure the clamp style glass clips work well too, it's just a matter of preference. My solution permits maximum use of the build plate as-is.

Crap, the wing nut things work great (actually using these for my bed leveling wing nuts) but this clip is not at all what I thought it was. At first I thought my printer was off but the wing nuts came out perfect so I knew it couldn't be that. I was under the impression these clips gripped the top of the glass bed and pulled it down but now clearly I see they don't. I'm not sure why you need these at all but maybe you are just relying on these to keep the glass in place in the x and y axis and just assuming the weight of the plate keeps it in place in the z axis. I imagined a clip would hold the bed down but maybe your design is in fact the way to go now that I think of it.

In general i don't think the glass needs a holddown clamp.
What you do need when adding this (thick) glass is make a compensator shim for the Z-axis limit switch otherwise you will most likely run your nozzles into the glass when it sets it 0 points.

I agree. Since making the original comment I have come to love the clips (besides them melting when I print ABS) and I use them all the time. When mine get warped from ABS printing I just print a new set. These have been an essential kit to my printing and I recommend them for all Flashforge users.

Great job, just what was needed, THANK YOU

Ok, great idea, and I intend to make a set, but I'm not sure how the wing nut goes with this. What size/config did you intend? Where does one get them?

Hi jsmjgill,
Good questions!
The wingnut is what holds the corner glass clip that I created in place from the bottom of the build platform. The wingnut knob does not replace the nut that holds the heatpad to the build platform.

It was a coincidence that the wingnut knob from another Thingiverse creator worked for the wingnuts that came with the Flashforge Creator Pro 3D printer. When I went to the hardware store to purchase more wingnuts for the same size threads, I noticed that the wingnuts were larger than the ones that came with the printer. So, I will need to modify the former design to work with the larger wingnuts. Hope that helps! I believe the wingnut type is for a M4 thread.

Gotcha. I need to pick up some wing nuts, then, because I only got one with my machine (not including the ones installed on the leveling bed).

Thanks again!

Slick design mod. I made a few, they work great.