If there is one thing that can ruin a full bed sized 3D print, especially in ABS Plastic, it is cool drafts of air that cause warping. That was, until the LulzBot TAZ 6 Enclosure by Printed Solid was around. Not only do you get a controlled environment to print in, it's also a perfect way to keep curious hands away from the hot-end and heat bed. Our favourite part of this kit is that the entire thing is made up of laser cut acrylic panels and is assembled without glueing, drilling, cutting, or engraving anything at all. You'll need to print a few brackets to help mount the enclosure to the printer, it's almost like you're expected to have a 3D printer for to make this enclosure. A few additional tools are required as well that don't come with the kit, but you're likely to have them lying around your workbench.
This enclosure was designed for the Lulzbot Taz 6 and is not compatible with previous generations of LulzBot 3D printers.
There is absolutely no cutting, engraving, gluing or drilling required to put together your enclosure. It has also has a modular design, meaning you can remove parts of the enclosure to make way for a larger 3 kg roll of filament or get access to a larger printed part.
The acrylic panels that make up this enclosure kit are made from optically clear, lightweight 3mm thick extruded acrylic that can be solvent welded; great news if you happen to snap or damage a piece.
The enclosure sits on the same table surface as your 3D printer when assembled and increases the desktop space taken by your 3D printer by 62 mm (2.44 in) along the Y-axis (from front to back).
Unfortunately, this enclosure is not compatible with previous generations of LulzBot TAZ 3D printers. If you're looking for an enclosure for a Lulzbot Mini, go ahead and check this one out.
As always, Lulzbot has made sure to provide extremely detailed pictorial instruction on putting together your enclosure.
Check out how to build your enclosure with the Assembly Instructions. When installing the printed parts to the chassis of your 3D printer, be very careful to remove the existing M3 bolts correctly, as they are quite tight and can easily be rounded. Note: this product requires you to print some of your own parts
In true Lulzbot fashion the designs for the entire enclosure are completely open source, so if you've got access to a Laser Cutter that's big enough, you can go ahead and cut up your own panels to the exact same specification as in this kit. The panels are made from laser cut extruded 3mm thick acrylic sheets.
70 M3 10 mm Bolts
70 M3 Square Nuts
4 M4 8 mm Bolts
4 M4 Square Nuts
8 M5 20 mm Bolts
Printed copy of Assembly Instructions (or download and print your self here)
Printed Part Files
Step 2 of the Instruction manual has detailed instruction on printing the following 3 models.
3D printed left brackets (STL) (not included, print yourself)
3D printed right bracket (STL) (not included, print yourself)
3D printed left cable bracket (STL) (not included, print yourself)
TAZ 6 left, right, and left cable brackets by David Randolph and PrintedSolid.com used under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
Emissions and Ultrafine Particles
This is an enclosure designed to minimise the effects of the ambient environment around your printer and keep curious hands and paws away from the heated and moving components of your 3D printer. It does include a built-in location for mounting a 40mm fan to vent air from the chamber and further modifications can be made.
Users concerned about emissions and ultrafine particles should instead use materials made from Eastman Amphora copolyesters such as colorFabb nGen. For more information, read the Guide to printing Eastman Amphora (PDF) and the ultrafine particles emission study (PDF).
This is extremely important. As acrylic can easily crack - make sure that you do not over tighten the screws. Tighten only so that the screws hold your panels without movement. If a panel begins to crack, contact the LulzBot support team directly for replacements at a discount rate.
When cleaning the panels be sure to use dish soap or hand wash and a soft, clean cloth. Do not use Windex® or other glass cleaning solutions. Do not use a hard sponge, scrub, or abrasive surface.
Windex is a registered trademark of S.C. Johnson, Inc.
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Documentation and Resources:
- Tips for Installing your Lulzbot TAZ 6 Enclosure
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- Cura 2: Lulzbot Edition for Intermediate Users
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- Third Hand Webcam Mount for the LulzBot Taz 6
When making a webcam mount for your 3D Printer, there are physical limitations for where you can have the camera sitting safely throughout the whole print. A while back, we remixed a really nicely designed bed mount for the Raspi Camera so that it wo...
- Time lapsing in OctoPrint (Properly!)
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- Meet 'Holman' the Ultimate Bluetooth Speaker
Who says you can't have it all? Good looks and a great sound! My name is 'Holman" and I'm a Bluetooth speaker in the form of mans best friend - a dog of course! Why is my name Holman? Well, that's the name of the manufacturer of the PVC pipe I used and the name grew on me as I completed the project! Whilst this might look like a complex project if you have access to the metric PVC pipe and a 3D printer I'm actually quite easy t...
- The Hipster Coaster
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