EPAIII 2018-3-6 07:25 edit
I just got my heated build plate. It came with absolutely no instructions. I think I can figure out how to connect it, but I am curious about coating. It appears to have a textured finish and a white coating or paint. It seems to be somewhat slick, perhaps to prevent sticking. So, do I need to add some additional coating or do I just use it as it is?
Also I plan to use an external power supply. I purchased a 24 V, 5 Amp adjustable power supply. I would like to have some kind of temperature control so I also purchased a temperature sensor IC and will use a PIC style device to control it. I think I can toggle the output Voltage of the power supply with a relay or perhaps just a transistor/FET switch. Perhaps I can even jury rig some kind of proportionsl control. Do you have any suggestions for mounting this sensor on the heated plate. I assume it will be on the bottom, but what would be the best position?
It really would be great if these things came with some instructions.
I understand that you can’t directly print to the heated bed - I remember reading this in one of their blog posts but since the website has changed I can no longer locate the article. I think you’re meant to either coat with masking tape or bulldog clip the coated build plate/glass to the heated bed. However, the heated bed design appears to have changed recently so this information might be out of date.
Can’t help on the temperature control but given that the heated plate has a built in sensor to limit it to 100C is there no way to utilise that?
I wouldn’t recommend printing to the heater bed. Although it’s a good surface to print on, you wouldn’t want to scratch it trying to get your print’s off.
Also, it should be said that Cetus recommends either taping the heated print bed or clamping the standard print bed to the heated print bed. Let it be known that the latter option is a HORRIBLE suggestion. Do not do that.
Painters Tape the heated print bed.
Here’s the official Cetus3D video https://youtu.be/T5NRE14KS1o
It does say that you can’t print directly on the heated plate… You can either put your old plate on top or use blue tape.
I blan to use a glass bed. I found this seller on aliexpress:
Until now the only two sellers I found for this size are this one and a switzerland one.
I plan to use in addition of this :
I plan to use a glass bed.
I found this seller on aliexpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Cetus-3d-Printer-Build-Glass-Plate-180-x-180-x-3-mm-Borosilicate-Glass-Plate-Flashforge/223642_32867193814.html Until now the only two sellers I found for this size are this one and a switzerland one.
I plan to use in addition of this : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2883052