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Davebert
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Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

Does the MK3x have any issues when placed in an enclosure? Is there any aftermarket kits to move the power supply and the control panel outside of the enclosure? Just thought I would ask before I buy an aftermarket enclosure I found that looks good.

Thanks

Posted : 06/12/2023 10:43 pm
Extra Fox
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RE: Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

I've been running a Prusa-Box enclosure from Printer-Box for about a year, and it's been a great experience. If anything, it's made running my Mk3 even more enjoyable. The enclosure houses the power supply inside, but I've not seen any adverse effects. It's low in the case and vents out the back.

It's also given me a lot of lease to create new things for my printing environment, probably the main reason I even got into 3D printing. 🤣 

Aaron

Posted : 07/12/2023 1:01 am
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Posted : 07/12/2023 1:04 am
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I use the 3d Upfitters MK3x/mmu enclosure.

I got this back during the height of the pandemic, so it's been in place almost 3 1/2 years.  It has performed as expected, and I have noticed a definite improvement in the overall quality of ABS prints since.  Prior to that I was using the draft shield option in PS and Cura.

After regular use over time, the only thing bad that happened is a crack in the plexiglass frame just below the center of the door.  Infiltrating some super glue into the crack fixed it, structurally, that is, but it is still visible.

I wrote up the building and posted it on line here:

https://forum.prusa3d.com/forum/original-prusa-i3-mk3s-mk3-user-mods-octoprint-enclosures-nozzles/product-report-3d-upfitters-mk3s-mmu2s-acrylic-enclosure/#post-257689

Much of that item has to do with a homebrew temperature sensor and controller.  I still use this, but only as a temperature monitor.  The interior temperature is more than consistent enough for all prints (I have done PLA/PETg/ABS/ASA/PC-Blend) without worrying about set points and such.

Some users swear that you absolutely need to leave the door open when doing PLA prints or the world will self-destruct.  I've found out that, if anything, there is a very slight improvement in the quality of the PLA prints with the door shut, as the print in progress is isolated from the turbulent flows of room air.

I'm assuming that this is still available from 3d Upfitters.

Posted : 07/12/2023 1:27 am
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Davebert
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RE: Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

Thanks for the comments. I have an MK4 with the Prusa enclosure already so I know of the benefits and I like it a lot. Maybe not so much if I have to remove the printer for repairs and updates but time will tell. I have the original MK3 that I will get around to upgrading to the MK3S+ some day when I have the time. I do have the MMU for the MKS so I need an enclosure that will handle that. I found this today and thought it might be a good start for a less expensive price:

https://voxelpla.com/products/lack-enclosure?variant=44312675680474

I have built a few enclosures out of wood that I have to finish but they are for mt Creality CR10 series printers. I just want to make sure to not cause premature damage to the power supply or the control panel. I guess I am looking for any info on mounting the PS etc outside of the box. Those are nice enclosures you have posted but they are also kind of pricey, but making the two I am working on was more work that I thought and if I would do it again I would add a hinged top for sure.

Posted : 07/12/2023 2:44 am
Extra Fox
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RE: Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

I hope they stock up on those LACK tables, IKEA has a habit of changing the design and retiring an old favorite without warning.

Aaron

Posted : 07/12/2023 5:33 am
Davebert
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Well I got mine ordered so if they run out of Lack tables, it won't be a problem for me. 😀  Plus when I read the instruction manual from the Prusa site, I realized this design has been out for years but as a print all the parts yourself job. The kit I bought just has it all printed and the whole kit in one box and I will have to build it. The kit even comes with an external mount for the power supply and claims the control panel has enough slack in the wires to move it outside of the enclosure. I guess I will find out soon enough.

Link to manual:

https://blog.prusa3d.com/mmu2s-printer-enclosure_30215/

 

https://www.printables.com/model/3673-prusa-enclosure-v2-mmu2s

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I hope they stock up on those LACK tables, IKEA has a habit of changing the design and retiring an old favorite without warning.

 

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Posted : 08/12/2023 12:37 am
Extra Fox
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RE: Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

Yeah, that Lack enclosure thing has had quite the history.

Aaron

Posted : 08/12/2023 1:00 am
Davebert
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RE: Enclosure for MK3x How does it hold up?

That is a nice enclosure but a bit pricey for me. I like it and appreciate the image and the reply and also the link to your build. That was an interesting read.

Thanks 😀 

Posted by: @jsw

I use the 3d Upfitters MK3x/mmu enclosure.

I got this back during the height of the pandemic, so it's been in place almost 3 1/2 years.  It has performed as expected, and I have noticed a definite improvement in the overall quality of ABS prints since.  Prior to that I was using the draft shield option in PS and Cura.

After regular use over time, the only thing bad that happened is a crack in the plexiglass frame just below the center of the door.  Infiltrating some super glue into the crack fixed it, structurally, that is, but it is still visible.

I wrote up the building and posted it on line here:

https://forum.prusa3d.com/forum/original-prusa-i3-mk3s-mk3-user-mods-octoprint-enclosures-nozzles/product-report-3d-upfitters-mk3s-mmu2s-acrylic-enclosure/#post-257689

Much of that item has to do with a homebrew temperature sensor and controller.  I still use this, but only as a temperature monitor.  The interior temperature is more than consistent enough for all prints (I have done PLA/PETg/ABS/ASA/PC-Blend) without worrying about set points and such.

Some users swear that you absolutely need to leave the door open when doing PLA prints or the world will self-destruct.  I've found out that, if anything, there is a very slight improvement in the quality of the PLA prints with the door shut, as the print in progress is isolated from the turbulent flows of room air.

I'm assuming that this is still available from 3d Upfitters.

 

Posted : 08/12/2023 10:30 pm
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