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Posted by sjpiper145 
Heated Bed Sourcing
July 26, 2013 04:49AM
Hi All,

I'm interested in adding a heated bed to my Prusa Mendel but I do not own a soldering iron (I live at college, too many smoke alarms). I've seen a few heated beds on ebay for sale but they aren't quite clear about how exactly you attach it to the printer. (like this one here: [www.ebay.com])

Would anyone be able to give me some advice about how these attach on or whether you've found a better one that just plugs straight in?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Steph from Qld, Australia
Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
July 26, 2013 05:08AM
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(I live at college, too many smoke alarms)

And your college doesn't have an electronics laboratory?

In addition I have never set off a smoke detector while using my soldering iron.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2013 05:09AM by rhmorrison.

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Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
July 26, 2013 06:13AM
Haha that's good to hear. Yes they do, but I'm studying Biomedicine rather than Engineering so I can't get access to it. I could, however, ask one of my engineering friends to do the soldering for me. Have you attached a heated bed before? Do you know much about what's involved if I got the one on the ebay link?
Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
July 26, 2013 06:16AM
I am using a 220vac silicon heating pad, in fact it is the Heated WolfBed.

And I assume you are talking about one of the 12vdc pcb heated beds.
I used screw terminals for my connections (except for the AC outlet).

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2013 06:18AM by rhmorrison.

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Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
October 23, 2013 07:45AM
eye rolling smiley I did in my last post!
Click on the Heated WolfBed link.


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Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
October 23, 2013 09:21AM
The helios print bed from www.panucatt.com has screw-on power connections. The thermistor requires a bit of light soldering, but there is no need for the heavier soldering needed for the power connections. These soldered connections are - in my opinion - the biggest problem area with regard to installing these beds.
Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
January 10, 2014 10:03PM
Light or heavy soldering... He'll still require a soldering iron winking smiley


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Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
August 06, 2014 11:30AM
What is the best way to wire up the thermistor wire to the bed and give strain relief from the bed moving ? Also any sugggestion on the type of wire that works best for this ? Thanks
Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
November 01, 2014 01:35AM
You could buy an Ormerod 2 heat bed from RepRapPro. It has screw terminals. Likewise, the bed thermistor for the Ormerod does not require soldering, it uses a crimp connector.


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Re: Heated Bed Sourcing
March 07, 2016 11:28PM
On ebay you can post questions to the seller to clarify if it needs soldering. On the heated beds that I got the thermistor wires were already soldered. I just had to cement the sensor into the hole and use kapton tape to tape it to the bottom of the board. You will want either zip ties or split wire loom to bundle the wires together. If you plan on using non PLA filament you may wan to add insulation to the bottom of the board.
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