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Build Plate Aluminum or Stainless Steel

Discussion in '3D printers' started by JCPhlux, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. JCPhlux

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    I have been designing a new printer and am about to order the build plate. I was going to go with Aluminum but was wondering why not use stainless steel.
     
  2. JCPhlux

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    No opinions to be had :(
     
  3. Jason Farley

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    Cost most likely. Stainless is expensive and probably not necessary in the application.

    I am not familiar enough with the needs of a heated bed for 3d printers but thermal conductivity might be and issue as well. AL is a much better conductor of heat.
     
  4. DiggerJ

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    What Jason said...
    The concept behind them is to have a solid, accurate, efficient substrate to more evenly spread the heat from the pad. Stainless might qualify in 2 of the 3, but Al will be more efficient with the heat spreading.
     
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  5. Joe Santarsiero

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    Have you considered glass?
     
  6. DiggerJ

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    oops, I thought he was talking about heat spreader, yes, heater, aluminum heat spreader on top of that, and a piece of boro on top of that.
     

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