Archive for May 17th, 2011

Thing-O-Matic: Build Plate Clamps

I’m using a removable aluminum plate atop a fixed plate on the HBP, but haven’t clamped the two together because I couldn’t figure out how to do it without an overly complex gadget.

It turned out to be easier than I expected, after I found a couple of bulldog clips in a drawer while looking for something else:

Aluminum plates with bulldog clips

Aluminum plates with bulldog clips

The clip on the right must be well toward the rear in order to clear the X axis limit switch and its cable. The clip on the left then goes near the front just for symmetry.

The nozzle can’t quite reach the left clip, but it can clobber the right one. I try to align the end of the clip with the middle of the bolt heads to keep them out of the build area.

The wire handles don’t quite touch the TOM’s case on the left side and have plenty of clearance on the right. They don’t get too hot after an hour’s worth of printing; clips with solid metal handles wouldn’t work well at all.

News flash: that’s almost the last of the pink plastic!

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