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Why Not Kapton?

Posted by ziplock 
Why Not Kapton?
October 25, 2009 05:49PM
To build an extruder for a Reprap, you have to use a piece of copper pipe and fire cement to keep the heating element and temp sensor on. On the Cupcake CNC, Kapton tape replaces those two parts.

Why isn't it standard procedure to use Kapton to hold an extruder together? Kapton works just as well (if not better) than fire cement, and is easier to use. Also, if you need to take the heating element out, you just undo the tape.

I'm pretty sure that Kapton makes for an easier to build, and (probably) cheaper extruder. Please, leave your opinions below.

Re: Why Not Kapton?
October 26, 2009 09:33AM
I'm currently trying to use Kapton after some indifferent results with fire cement. I think you see the fire cement solution and the kapton tape solution both in use largely because we don't have enough operating hours on either yet to know which method, if either, is clearly superior. I think the issue will sort itself out in the next year or two.


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