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Build Your 3D Printer Enclosure from Upcycled IKEA Furniture

3D printer enclosure

Who would have thought IKEA’s “Lack” tables can be used for 3D printing? Instructables just published a tutorial on how to build your 3D printer enclosure. All you need are low-cost IKEA tables, two hours time and some affordable additional materials. 

3D printing is promoting creativity and problem-solving thinking by nature. That’s especially the case when dealing with a “bare minimum” printer that isn’t even enclosed in a controlled area, a situation that can cause numerous heat-related issues.

Although the market is full of models that offer sophisticated and rigid 3D printer enclosures, some users prefer not to spend the extra money required in order to acquire a complete 3D printing solution, or simply construct the missing parts themselves.

That’s exactly what member phatima thought of. He prepared a detailed guide on how to re-purpose two low-cost IKEA tables to create an efficient 3D printer enclosure for small sized models. The result looks good, and according to the demonstrator it works like a charm.

You find this 3D Printer Enclosure on Instructables (image: Instructables, Phatima)
You find this 3D Printer Enclosure on Instructables (image: Instructables, Phatima)

All You Need is LACK

The main parts that are needed for the enclosure are two IKEA “lack tables” that will serve as the enclosure frame, and four acrylic sheets of the corresponding dimension (400cm x 45cm). As the particular IKEA tables feature a hollow space design that is filled with cardboard and air, they are exceptional for heat insulation.

Other parts that complete the enclosure are a digital thermometer to let you know what the temperature of the chamber is, a large computer fan that will enhance the circulation of the air inside the chamber. It increases the homogeneity of the heat in the air. It‘s cooling the finished object faster, and finally some lighting elements to put on the ceiling of the enclosure.

The benefits of having an 3D printer enclosure for your printer? Better printing control, better printing results, also to the isolation of the generated heat in the printing chamber. This is especially important during the summer months hotness that many of those living in the northern hemisphere have to deal with at the moment.