Did any of you guys used Carbon Tape to create heating elements for underside

(Florian Ford) #1

Did any of you guys used Carbon Tape to create heating elements for underside the Print Bed Aluminum Plate? I have just stumbled across this product and, because it has so many other possible applications around the house and comes in a tape form, I am interested in the possibility of having the build plate heated by such a thing.

What are your thoughts on this?

(Eduardo Schoenknecht) #2

Do you have a link with more specs?

(Florian Ford) #3

No specific link, here’s a images search for it https://goo.gl/6LznF5 … I was looking into heated clothing for winter sports and found on instructables and lifehacker/hackaday posts about using this kind of tape (https://lifehacker.com/make-your-own-flexible-carbon-fiber-electric-blanket-1528248248, https://hackaday.io/project/232-handmade-carbon-fiber-tape-heated-vest).

(Eduardo Schoenknecht) #4

I see a lot of variations, some are fabric, others silicone infused. I believe it could work, but since heated bed are big and rigid and don’t need the flexibility given by carbon fiber tabe, it is not a cost effective solution. Other aspect, the low weight also would not be such an advantage, since the carbon will need to be infused in a second material to make proper heat transfer. Now, there is something that could be disruptive:
A carbon fiber bed which uses its fibers as structural and heating elements at the same time. Epoxy, which fills a carbon fiber sheet can handle temperatures over 200°C. The temperature expansion/contraction should also be considered.

(Kurt Wendt) #5

@Florian_Ford This look really interesting. This one pic (https://www.azom.com/work/1AKmX0C680fNs037Q04N_files/image005.jpg) of a kind of heating pad - from this article (https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1624) - seems like a potentially viable option. Put it on a build plate which isn’t already heated, then put a glass plate on top - and you should be good to go. At least I think so…