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ddelgrande
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HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:39 am

I've built a platen comprised of what I call a Garment plate and a Rail Base Platen.  The Rail Base Platen Connects to the rail/pulley system of my base platen.  The Garment platen then connects to the Rail Base Platen.  The platen was made from 1/4" High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).  Details will be in the OpenDTG manual I'm creating and hoping to finish by end of January. 

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Re: HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:43 am

ddelgrande wrote:
I've built a platen comprised of what I call a Garment plate and a Rail Base Platen.  The Rail Base Platen Connects to the rail/pulley system of my base platen.  The Garment platen then connects to the Rail Base Platen.  The platen was made from 1/4" High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).  Details will be in the OpenDTG manual I'm creating and hoping to finish by end of January. 

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OK, it seems phpBB isn't liking my Google Drive links.  Here's a shareable link to all my platen pics. 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:49 pm

That's awesome and perfect design for those with basic tools.

Is it rigid? If the wheel plate bends your wheels will get loose.
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:16 pm

Andy wrote:
That's awesome and perfect design for those with basic tools.

Is it rigid? If the wheel plate bends your wheels will get loose.

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The HDPE is very strong, even at a 1/4".   My concern isn't with the wheels, but with getting the platen level without warping the top and bottom garment plates.  I may have to use compression springs that aren't so rigid.  It also may have been better to go with 3/8" HDPE but I was trying to save on cost.  The cost for the HDPE parts was $27 and that included having Tap Plastic cut the parts. 
Total cost to build the platen was around $45.  
Note it does help to have a drill press since the holes have to be accurate with respect to the rail/pulley system. 
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:27 pm

The springs must be rigid enough that the platen top doesn't bounce when it's making the fast and short movements for printing.

For the wheel holes use these on 2 wheels that are on the same side so you can adjust tightness to the rail.

http://openbuildspartstore.com/eccentric-spacer/
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:30 pm

great work...epson p600?
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:25 am

very nice!!!

You can cut each corner of the tray and round it, otherwise the corners will mark the textil.
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:50 am

rickyride wrote:
very nice!!!

You can cut each corner of the tray and round it, otherwise the corners will mark the textil.

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The guy at Tap Plastics was nice enough to bevel the edges, free of charge!
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:57 am

alex24bog wrote:
great work...epson p600?

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Yes, P600
 
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Re: HDPE Platen

Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:24 am

great work i have p600 ...acrorip 8.26 ,,firebird ink...open dtg shield 1.2   and 1.3

mi printer present problem

print the first layer ..when finalize ..error paper ..

you send pictures or  settings ..rip

and connections ..nema 17  ..pulley 30 teeths...driver tb6600

thanks

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