Glass suppliers

Glass suppliers

Postby pocketscience » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

Anyone got any recommendations for glass suppliers in Oz? I'm in Sydney, but figure others will be shopping for glass soon enough too.


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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby eddiema » 2012-Apr-Tue-00-Apr

pocketscience wrote:Anyone got any recommendations for glass suppliers in Oz? I'm in Sydney, but figure others will be shopping for glass soon enough too.

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I live beside G.James so I don't expect to have a problem finding glass.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.James_Gl ... _Aluminium
Ideally it should be pyrex (borosilicate) but plain glass in said to work.
If you don't need the full work area you can probably pick up a glass front picture frame for a few dollars in a cheap shop.
Edit:
On second thoughts the glass can probably be bigger than the print area.
A 5*8 or 6*8 frame is not expensive. The glass is thin but I don't think that would be a problem.
I think I will try that before having custom sized glass cut.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby eddiema » 2012-Apr-Wed-21-Apr

I went to sam's warehouse - one of the many cheap crap shops around here.
There were several 13*18cm photoframes around the $2.50 mark.
I bought one for $2. The glass is 126mm wide. Length wise it is 18mm longer than the printer bed.
The glass is 1.7mm thick.
If you can get by with slightly less build area and a slight glass overhang this is a budget source of glass.
I'm guessing I can design print clips to suit. The frame appears to be mostly ABS so I can recycle that one day.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Fri-00-Apr

One of the links in another thread on heated print beds showed someone selling a HPB with a mirror for the glass.

I think that would look 8-) especially when I hook up some LEDs. :shock:
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-19-Apr

@eddie

I used a $3 150x200 photoframe, and left the excess hang out the back.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby eddiema » 2012-Apr-Mon-19-Apr

ajd4096 wrote:@eddie

I used a $3 150x200 photoframe, and left the excess hang out the back.

My shop didn't have that size or I would have got it.
I've started trying to rough up the surface with sandpaper. I think if you can "frost" it ABS will stick to it without tape.
I have other work to so I won't be trying glass any time soon.
After I scoured the hotbed I had no trouble getting ABS to stick except to the extreme edge of the bed.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

eddiema wrote:I've started trying to rough up the surface with sandpaper. I think if you can "frost" it ABS will stick to it without tape.
After I scoured the hotbed I had no trouble getting ABS to stick except to the extreme edge of the bed.

I haven't finished assembly yet, but somewhere I read that if you dissolve some ABS in acetone then wipe the bed with the solution it dries leaving a thin film of ABS which has good adhesion.
I'll be trying that if I have issues.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

Tape is easier to replace, I've had some prints stick too well to plain glass. :)
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby pocketscience » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

I'm just using Kapton at the moment and it works very well. The ABS really sticks to it. Haven't tried any PLA yet though.

@Michael - LED's are so old skool... I've got some EL wire I'm planning to hook-up once I get everything sorted.


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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

Michael@Oz wrote:I think that would look 8-) especially when I hook up some LEDs. :shock:


I just added one of those white LED rings from a car headlight around the top of the hot-end, held on with two printed clips, of course.

I can see a lot of "small cylinder with tab on side" in my future. :)
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby pocketscience » 2012-May-Tue-00-May

ajd4096 wrote:I just added one of those white LED rings from a car headlight around the top of the hot-end, held on with two printed clips, of course.


If there are no photos then it doesn't exist... ;-)

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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-May-Tue-00-May

pocketscience wrote:If there are no photos then it doesn't exist... ;-)

Gavin.


https://imgur.com/a/lZ9Ga

Not permanently cabled yet, obviously. :)
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby mirrorfinish » 2012-Sep-Wed-19-Sep

Hi all.

About to setup my PB+ and being looking over all the forums about different suggestions/upgades and add-ons.

One of the biggies is glass to provide a level print area, and sourcing a supply.

Recently moved house (which is why setting up my PB+ was delayed) and shopping at ikea for house supplies, and I stumbled (literally, I half tripped while shopping and righted myself on these) on what I think is a good solution.

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/00192594/

SÖRLI
Mirror
IKEA FAMILY price / 4 packRegular price
$9.99 / 4 pack

Size of each mirror is:

Width: 20 cm
Height: 20 cm
Thickness: 3 mm

With quarter circle corners. They are meant to be used as tiles to make bathroom mirror walls.

But I think they will be ideal for PB+ secured with clips. Tested it last night when I up packed my PB+ and sized one against the hotbed. works fine as far as I can tell

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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby CL1 » 2012-Sep-Wed-20-Sep

Interesting find! Here may be one concern, and a suggestion to avoid it
Many mirrors have conductive metal as the shiny part. Even if the back has a thin paint or other layer to electrically insulate this conductive metal, you might not want to put the copper trace side of the Heatbed PCB directly against the mirror back. It might work at first, but over time and vibration, the one or two insulating layers might be rubbed through with a possibly catastrophic result of sparks, fire. As long as you keep the trace side of the heatbed PCB away from the mirror back, this won't be a problem. But many now are putting the trace side of the heatbed toward the glass to improve heating efficiency.

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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby mirrorfinish » 2012-Sep-Wed-20-Sep

Thanks! good to know.

I wasnt planning on putting the tracers up, what I was looking at doing was trying to find the Australian equivelant to "Frost king rubber pipe insulation tape" that was mentioned in another post http://www.printrbottalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1076. I was planning on putting that on once I can ID what it is in Australia.

Of course for the Ikea stuff.... can always scrap off them mirror stuff.
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby calios » 2012-Oct-Thu-19-Oct

a quick google brings up these guys if you have the Plus (8'x8')
http://create3d.com.au/shop/product_inf ... ucts_id/77
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Re: Glass suppliers

Postby johnbloke » 2013-Mar-Sat-13-Mar

Sorry, my area is different. If you need any glass supplier at Canada then i can help.
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