Insulated A1 Mini Enclosure

Insulated A1 Mini Enclosure

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A1 mini
P1S
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A1

0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
Designer
149.5 h
26 plates
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0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
Designer
127.2 h
12 plates
4.0(1)

Profile Scaled for A1
Profile Scaled for A1
Designer
296.2 h
23 plates

0.8mm nozzle, 0.4mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
0.8mm nozzle, 0.4mm layer, 2 walls, 8% infill
134.9 h
26 plates

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Description

Recycle your AMS waste and turn it into insulation! This enclosure designed specifically for the A1 Mini WITH AMS insulates the printer from outside elements leading to less warping and variability in temperature. This uses a ton of purged filament and support material as insulation in modular sections that can be stacked higher or lower depending on the height or setup of your printer. The files included are specific to the A1 Mini, but can be scaled to fit your printer if need be. Most of the pieces slot together with the exception of the front door and lid, which need to be glued and include holes for aligning utilizing short filament sections as pins. All parts can be printed on the A1 Mini, but to save time, if you have multiple printers, I've included X1C/A1/P1 series files as well. The stock PTFE tubing is a bit too short, so it will need to be extended in order to use this enclosure. Note that it is NOT manufacturer recommended to enclose the A1 series printers.

 

You'll Need:

¼ or 6mm Wooden Dowel Rod/Threaded Rod/Solid Rod cut to around 17.5in or 444mm - I used https://a.co/d/cCsl0Qw

11x14 Acrylic Sheet - I used a cheap picture frame and then took out the pre-cut acrylic https://a.co/d/fW9RtZk

PTFE Tubing - https://a.co/d/dQ6dqUf

Super Glue

2mm or 5/64in Drill bit (optional) - https://a.co/d/hxv6ECD

 

To Assemble:

  1. Slot straight wall piece with large passthrough hole for wall plug into both corner pieces. Then slot straight wall piece with small passthrough for AMS on the right of the machine. Slot straight wall piece into other side and then the two semi-circle corners onto the ends of the two straight pieces.
  2. Connect the two small support pieces together by aligning both dovetail joints together and then slot on to the ends of the semi-circle pieces.
  3. You've now completed the first row of the enclosure and have a square surrounding your printer!
  4. Now it's time to get rid of your filament waste and fill each wall section.
  5. Repeat for both remaing rows with more wall sections. Note that there shouldn't be any walls with hole passthroughs on the top two rows.
  6. Once the enclosure is three rows high, slot in hinge pieces taking note to make sure the hinge pattern is alternating and the smallest of the hinge pieces is at the bottom with the smallest gap at the bottom as one of the hinge sections is shorter than the rest.
  7. Slot in the door stop pieces with the larger side on the inside of the enclosure. This is what the door rests against when closed.
  8. Glue together door pieces taking caution to make sure all the pieces are flush and door handle is pointed outward.
  9. Glue in acrylic window and install door using dowel rods through the hinges.
  10. Assemble the top using optional filament pin holes. Some of the holes will need to be drilled out with the small drill bit and then small sections of filament can be used to align the two sides together before gluing. The dovetail joint pieces can then be glued as well.
  11. Set the top onto the walls making sure the blank underside is over the door.
  12. Extend the PTFE tubing to AMS as the factory included tubing is a bit too short.

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are you able to prescale it up for the a1?
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Let me check!
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Replying to @DKprints :
if so, I'll print it out in the next 2 weeks and get you photos
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I am curious about this as well. curious to see the results.
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does this mean i can print in ABS and PET-CF? and is it for the A1 Mini or just ther reggular A1?
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These print profiles are specific to the A1 Mini. The idea is that the enclosure keeps the ambient temp around the printer warmer so there is less warping with filaments like ABS, ASA, and PETG. CF filaments need hardened nozzles and extruded gears so this enclosure wont enable you to do that right off the bat without hardware upgrades.
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Replying to @DKprints :
Remember that the mini already comes with hardened extruder gears, so you only need the nozzles. And also, great job
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Replying to @user_1748049288 :
on the extruder on the hotend yes, not on the ams lite loaders so caution and use abrasive filaments on external spool to save the ams lite gears, it works but you risk adding wear to them
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absolutely love it please make more acessories for the a1 mini
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Will do!
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Thanks
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Why would filament purge filled walls be better insulated than walls filled with 100% air ?
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The idea is for the purge filled walls to hold the air in place instead of allowing it to circulate within a space due to heat differentials or small drafts within the walls.
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Replying to @DKprints :
Oh ok, thank you for your reply
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wow this is pretty amazing, great job
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Thanks!
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is the idea to print these as purge objects for other multi color prints?
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You could totally do that! It’s originally designed to use the “poops” from color changes as an insulative barrier to trap air inside the walls of the enclosure.
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Replying to @DKprints :
I'll give it a try. been printing a lack table with purge material. this seems like a good idea too!
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🏡😉 thanks a lot for creating this and sharing it for all of us to use 🥰🥰🥰
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For sure! Its quite a bit of filament. Just over 4 rolls total
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is it possible to add an air filtration system?
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That’s a great idea! I’ll add one to one of the sections soon.
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this is awesome, i think this is the first fully 3d printed enclosure ive seen, ive built alot using wood an foam board but always had to many to attempt to print the enclosures but im gonna try this out for a little kp3s i have on my desk. thanks for sharing, awesome work.
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i like that you can use mainly 3d printed parts even insulation
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