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Posted · umo+ heat bed aluminum base plate

Different types of aluminum have many properties but any type of aluminum will work here.  For example there is a type of aluminum that is extra flat and won't warp (MIC 6?).  That is not important here as the leveling screws will compensate.  Really any aluminum alloy will be fine.

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    Posted · umo+ heat bed aluminum base plate

    Unfortunately, mic6 is only available in 1/4" and greater thicknesses.  I dont know that thickker would hurt, just more money and maybe platform sag.  I would use any common 6061 alloy.  Pretty much any alloy will work even steel.  Save some trouble and buy this item off Ebay or Amazon.  In steel, you might fold the edges for stiffness.

     

    MIC6 on the other hand is great for a heated bed for its flatness, although because of the minimum thickness, causes a bigger heat load.  I used it for my bed plate.  For those who dont know, it is a cast and ground material, thus a high flatness and thickness tolerance (and smooth).

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