This is an idea for an enclosure for your 3D Printer. The advantages are the same for all printers without an enclosure. I made it using 40mm styrodur plates. These are very easy to cut. To put them together I used two-sided tape and standard screws for wood.
On the left side there are the front-door hinges, the window in the door is a glass-plate from an old picture frame. There's also an opening to access the z-axis and the adjustment.
Here the advantages of an enclosure:
- My heated bed now reaches 110°C (95°C before)
- The noise reduced really much, the printer is next to my bed and now it's possible to sleep without earplugs.
- The temperatur inside the enclosure is much higher than room temperature, what is a great help for printing ABS (cause the layers have less temp difference => at least less warping, in my case I don't have warping anymore)
- It's easier to mount a fume extractor (important for ABS) cause the fume can be lead systematically, you can mount my filter (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:798506) on the upper stabilzer bar.
The print results with my K8200 are now really amazing! My changes on my printer: Z-Axis Upgrade (K8204, ~60 Euro), E3D v6 Hotend (~55 Euro), a really great new z-axis motor mount (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:144813) and the better z-axis adjustment (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:229328).
Stay awesome & keep printing!