Does anyone here know of a good glass supplier in the UK (or preferably Wales)?
Currently using a 300x300 borosilicate plate but loosing to much space due to the clips holding it to the plate, want to bump this up to cover all of the build plate but having issues finding someone who will cut to size.
Also, I have read on a few threads here that plain window glass will work fine, can someone confirm this?
Plain window glass will work fine, that’s what I use on my printers
Personally I avoid plain window glass as it is traditionally not “float” glass and depending on quality, can have undulations or bulges in it. Mirror glass will be intrinsically flat as it is a float glass. In UK HomeBase do 300x300 mirror tiles in packs of 4 for £10-12. Other home depot stores have similar offerings. Otherwise a local glazier is your best bet. Just be sure to ask them to polish or debur the edges to avoid cracking under heat stress. Then add a durable print surface on top.
@Mutley3D Good point. I’ve been getting mine from framers so it’s very good quality
Thanks @Mutley3D , great info. Just checked out Homebase but they don’t offer anything bigger, so guess I will have to try the glaziers. Do I need to specify “float” glass to get what I need or is that the norm?
oh re-read the responses and realise @Stefano_Pagani pretty much answers my question
just looking at a local glazier and they offer toughening, is this needed?
+Adam Morgan I’ve heard that it can introduce internal stresses in the glass and make it break when heating or if you ram the nozzle into the bed. Correct me if I’m wrong
Toughened (tempered?) glass is fine, ie its the stuff in the door of your oven so pretty durable and impact proof to a point. However if you buy a mirror cut to size from your glazier, it will/should be float glass but you can always ask the question. Tradesmen know most about their industry. However, if your heater or heatspreader is 300mm, and your glass is 350mm, so cold edges, this will introduce stresses that can lead to breakages when heated
Ikea (or other) mirror tile 30x30cm works great
cheers @Mutley3D and @Stefano_Pagani , I have found a local guy that seems to have what you reccomended. The sheet is same size as heat spreader (I have Eustathios v1-2 hybrid) so that shouldnt be an issue.
Glad to help! Good luck with the rest of the build! Make sure to post your progress under the build logs section. (If you want)