How to transport a 3D printer? Dismount needed?
I need to transport my FDM 3D Printer because I am moving.
What are the precautions that one should take?
Should I dismount the motors and axes?
I would definitively unplug the electronics as far as reasonable and fix the motors to the frame so they don't slide during transport.
Should I have a housing to avoid dust and other mechanical issues?
Yes, fix the motors and any other loose/movable parts. Remove the bowden tube if it's there, and any other parts that are sticking out. Put the whole thing in a a bag to protect from dust, and put the bag in a box to protect it from getting beat up. Remember to calibrate it when you're ready to set it up again.
I just moved house, and here's what I did: 1) zip-tie moving carriages to a stationary position 2) pack up glass build plates in bubble wrap and boxes 3) remove filament and loose parts like spool holders and feed tubes 4) put the six 3d printers in the back of my SUV, with suitable straps through the frames to keep them from falling over. Worked fine.
sorry for OT, but: 6 printers? Wow. I see now why you call it 'a serious 3D printing addiction' ;) On topic: Thanks for the info, it could've been it's own answer, in my opinion.
What is the reasoning for removing the bowden tube? Is it just to make the printer more compact and easy to handle during transport, or is it for "safety" reasons?
@TomvanderZanden: Just to make the printer more compact, and to avoid kinking the tube or putting too much strain on the mounting points for the tube. Better safe than sorry. (And at least with my Ultimaker the tube tends to always get in my face when I lift it.)
I also like setting them on a board to prevent flexing of the frame. My Prusa has a big plastic box I move it around in. A bit like a pelican box. Just dumb luck the top of the printer fits in a grove in the lid so it can't slide around. My Rostock gets set on it's back on 2 boards that straddle the center column so I don't put pressure on the rods. Support the whole printer to prevent flexing. Things like to shift forward in a vehicle so orient and protect with this in mind. (Protect from slamming on the brakes).