Professional 3D printers are often equipped with closed or semi-closed housing. Consumer machines are more generally deprived of enclosures. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of an enclosure for your 3D printer, which proves to be an indispensable accessory for the operation of your machine.
The enclosure protects against 3D printing risks
The Alveo3D team has also identified invisible risks related to the polluting emissions of melted plastic filament. It is possible to feel unpleasant odors or even irritations when the printer is in a closed and poorly ventilated space. These emissions are related to the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Nanoparticles that are emitted during filament extrusion. When the printer is placed in an enclosure, it is possible to contain these polluting emissions, filter them, or evacuate them outside the printing area. In this case, it is the operator who regularly uses his equipment, who is exposed to these toxic emissions the most, and the 3D printer enclosure allows for containing and filtering them.
Advantages of having a 3D printer enclosure
In addition, there is always a risk of fire that remains in the minds of many makers who leave the printer running for long hours. Enclosing your 3D printer will allow you to quickly detect any risk of fire by using a smoke detector and the possibility of adding an automatic extinguisher. For added safety, our custom enclosures are equipped with polycarbonate panels that can withstand higher temperatures and are difficult to ignite.
Printing technical filaments, the indispensable heat of the enclosure
Reducing Airflows Around the 3D Printer
Optimize your workspace
Loading the consumable
Visibility of prints
It is possible to relocate the control interface and electrical power supply of the printer to protect the equipment.
Article written by:
CEO at Alveo3D