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Posted · Glass bed upgrade

They're like motorcycle saddles...If you are happy with the one you have why change?  You might get glass and hate it.

 

I like mine (from Creality).  I use hairspray as an adhesive.  Sometimes things stick overly well but the handy dandy putty knife and a tap with a little shoe repair hammer convinces the parts to release.  The hard part to deal with is the clips because there are times when the print head will need to go where the clips are.  I finally glued some small aluminum angles to the underside of the metal bed and they act as edge locators for the glass.  No clips at all.  It was either that or start wearing safety glasses when I was printing.  I'd forget about the clips and the printer would shoot them right across the room.

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Posted · Glass bed upgrade

They started life as 1" x 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle.  I cut them down to 9mm x 9mm x 20mm long.  A spot of super glue holds them to the underside (better that they are easy to remove).  I put on the right side and 1 back piece hard against the edges of the hot plate and let the glue set.  Then slid the glass in place up against them and glued the other pieces on to trap the glass (the glass is slightly larger than the hot plate).  For small prints I usually don't bother with the clips, but for larger nervous pieces I use the clips.  That's a belts-and-suspenders approach but it helps keep my anxiety down.

 

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The front left piece isn't missing.  I didn't put one there because it's the home position and when I extruded prior to the start of a print it was hitting that clip and making a mess.

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