Following a recent DATA/Rennishaw 3D printing workshop for Design Technology Teachers, Lee Waters, Head of Design & Technology at Beaudesert Park School kindly shared details of a 3D printer cover made by his department.
The purpose of this cover was to solve the problem of pupils opening the D&T main door and cold draft blowing over the bed effecting build quality. It also prevent students from putting their fingers into the printer whilst it is running, protecting them from potential burns and getting caught in the moving parts, whilst also protecting the printer from workshop dirt and dust.
The cover has a door at the front hinged with acrylic hinges and held shut with a couple of magnets, there is also a small door at the back to reach the on/off switch. To access the printer for maintenance, it can simply be lifted off with the handles.
The cover is simple and straightforward to make and in true D&T fashion the materials used where already in the department used on other projects or surplus materials.
It took a couple of afternoons to cut, glue, screw and paint and used mainly hand tools apart from the doors which were laser cut.
- Clear cast acrylic sheet 3mm thick
- Acrylic hinges
- Cupboard draw handles
- Two magnets.
- The pine material is 34mm x 27mm lengths.
- The width of the unit is 450mm
- The depth is 550mm
- The height is 600mm
The design needed the extra height to make sure the feed tube does not get snagged on the top acrylic pannel when the 3D printer head is moving around.
- Make the frame up first, then cut the clear acrylic to the desired size.
- Screw the acrylic to the wooden frame with wood screws and cap washers.
- Cut the doors with a laser cutter – the main front door and a small door on at the rear left side to access the power on/off button.
Front door size H 380 mm x W 300 mm.
Rear door size H 100 x W 100mm
- Glue the doors to the acrylic hinges and then onto the main door areas using solvent cement.
- Use a glue gun to attach two magnets into position up to make the magnetic latch and door handle – the science department donated these!
- Paint the frame white, this looks good with the clear acrylic and glows up with the LED lights of the Ultimaker 3D printer.
The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Lee Waters from Beaudesert Park School for sharing the details of their 3D Printer cover with us along with the information to help any Design Technology department to make their own.
In The Classroom
This DIY 3D printer cover is a great idea for any classroom – protecting students, the printer and your prints. You can buy Ultimaker accessories such as covers, filters and doors from our marketplace, but this is a brilliant and simple to make solution, especially if budget is tight.