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3D Printing with RepRap Cookbook by Richard Salinas

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Troubleshooting issues with the heat bed

There are different methods for generating heat for a build platform. The most common component used for a RepRap printer is a PCB bed. This is a printed circuit board, which has etched copper traces running throughout one side of the surface. This creates the heating element. On the other side is a silkscreen surface with hot zone warnings. This is the side that is used to print on. Some 3D printers, such as the RepRapPro Mendel, have a sheet of aluminum sandwiched between the PCB heat bed and the glass plate.

In this recipe, we'll look at solving some common issues with this system.

Getting ready

A basic set of tools is always useful. I would speculate that if you own a 3D printer, you at least have a small ...

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